Synopsis by Tracie Cooper
Originally broadcast on CBC, That Old Black Magic chronicles the lives of ten African-American artists who helped revolutionize jazz and the role of blacks in the entertainment industry. Racism was rampant and legal throughout the United States during their time in the spotlight, rendering the success they have achieved even more remarkable. Featured artists include legends Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Sammy Davis Jr., as well as Della Reese (who would go on to star in the long-running television series Touched by an Angel) and Marion Anderson.
Black [race], jazz, musician, prejudice, segregation