This first programme recalls some of the early stars on the British scene, including Jamaican pianist Dan Kildare, Leslie Thompson and Dave Wilkins.
With contributions from Andy Simons, author of a study of the subject.
This programme recalls the network of after-hours clubs that developed in the 1930s, where bandleaders like Ken 'snake hips' Johnson plied their trade.
Johnson moved upmarket to a residency at London's Cafe de Paris, where he was killed on stage by a direct hit from a German bomb in 1941.
The BBC Radio Rhythm Club provided broadcasting opportunities for integrated groups during the War.
After 1945, Leslie Jiver Hutchinson emerged as the leading UK-based black musician in the swing idiom.
But its days were numbered and it petered out with the downsized version of the genre represented by the Ray Ellington Quartet.