Been Rich All My Life
Classy Hoofers of Harlem’s Golden Age

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Composer Interview - A Century of Jazz
How did Pete Whitman compose and record his own big band sounds and create eight decades of evolving jazz styles on a tight budget? A fascinating account, followed by selection…
The Shim Sham Shimmy - Dance with Fay Ray
Fay Ray teaches the Shim Sham step-by-step, so anyone can learn this traditional show-closer. Fay learned from the master himself, Leonard Reid.
Director's Comments - Making the Movie
Director MacDonald shares details about the shooting, more about the wome's lives, and a lot of behind the scenes footage.

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