Swing Era in the Capital District

1935-1945

This website shares our research on the history of the Swing Era -1935 - 1945 in the greater Albany, New York area.

Our research reveals a rich and vibrant musical scene in the greater Albany area during the Swing Era. After multiple years of primary research, we have gathered here the most comprehensive collection of information on this subject.

If your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents lived in this area at this time, they were affected and touched by this significant cultural and artistic moment. It is a fascinating story which we are happy to bring to you.

Click on the INTRODUCTION link for an overview of the era.

Click on VENUES for a tour of the bars, clubs, hotels, theaters and other places where where the music happened.

Click on BANDS AND MUSICIANS to learn about the local bands and musicians.

CHRONOLOGY is an overview of local music happening by year, 1938 - 1942.

CREDITS/ABOUT will identify the site's authors and will credit institutions aiding this project.

Watch our Powerpoint lecture delivered at Albany Public Library in October 2019.

As our research progresses, we will continue to add content to this site. Stay tuned.

We welcome your comments and questions. Contact Michael Catoggio - catoggio@gmail.com