Sonny Clay’s Plantation Orchestra with singer Ivie Anderson. Melbourne, 1928
bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding
The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC on November 5, 1956. The variety program was the first of its kind hosted by an African-American, which created controversy at the time. Beginning as a 15-minute pops show on Monday night, it expanded to a half hour in July 1957. Despite the efforts of NBC, as well as many of Cole's industry colleagues who worked for industry scale (or even for no pay) in order to help the show save money, it was ultimately done in by lack of a national sponsor.
Gillespie fue una de las figuras más relevantes en el desarrollo del bebop, y del jazz moderno. Fue durante toda su vida un incansable experimentador de música afroamericana, lo que le llevó a experimentar con el jazz afrocubano, colaborando con percusionistas como Chano Pozo, y otros géneros como el calipso, la bossa nova o a colaborar con músicos externos al mundo del jazz, como Stevie Wonder.