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Ken Burns's Jazz, 1, Gumbo
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 1 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 27 mins
This video begins in New Orleans, nineteenth century America's most cosmopolitan city, where the sound of marching bands, Italian opera, Caribbean rhythms, and minstrel shows fills the streets with a richly diverse musical culture. Here, in the 1890s, African-American musicians create a new music out of these ingr...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 1 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 27 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 2, The Gift
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 2 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 50 mins
Speakeasies, flappers, and easy money - it's the Jazz Age, when the story of jazz becomes a tale of two great cities, Chicago and New York, and of two extraordinary artists whose lives and music will span almost three-quarters of a century - Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Armstrong, a fatherless waif who grew...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 2 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 50 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 3, Our Language
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 3 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 51 mins
As the stock market continues to soar, jazz is everywhere in America, and now, for the first time soloists and singers take center stage, transforming the music with their distinctive voices and the unique stories they have to tell. In this episode we meet Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues, whose songs ease the p...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 3 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 51 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 4, The True Welcome
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 4 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 59 mins
In 1929, America enters a decade of economic desperation, as the Stock Market collapses and the Great Depression begins. Factories fall silent, farms fall into decay, and a quarter of the nation's workforce is jobless. In these dark times, jazz is called upon to lift the spirits of a frightened country, and finds...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 4 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 59 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 5, Swing, Pure Pleasure
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 5 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 27 mins
Suddenly, jazz bandleaders are the new matinee idols, with Benny Goodman hailed as the King of Swing, while teenagers jitterbug just as hard to the music of his rivals - Tommy Dorsey, Jimmie Lunceford, Glenn Miller, and the mercurial Artie Shaw. But the spirit of Swing isn't limited to the dance floor. In New York...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 5 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 27 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 6, Swing, the Velocity of Celebration
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 6 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 42 mins
As the 1930s come to a close, Swing-mania is still going strong, but some fans are saying success has made the music too predictable. Their ears are tuned to a new sound - pulsing, stomping, suffused with the blues. It's the Kansas City sound of Count Basie's band and it quickly reignites the spirit of Swing. By 1...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 6 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 42 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 7, Dedicated to Chaos
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 7 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 59 mins
When America enters World War II, jazz is part of the arsenal. In Europe, where musicians like the Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt continue to play despite a Nazi ban, jazz is a beacon of hope. In America, it becomes the embodiment of democracy, as bandleaders like Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw enlist, taking their...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 7 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 59 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 8, Risk
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 8 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 2 hours 2 mins
The postwar years bring America to a level of prosperity unimaginable a decade before, but the Cold War threat of nuclear annihilation makes these anxious years as well. In jazz, this underlying tension will be reflected in the broken rhythms and dissonant melodies of bebop, and in the troubled life of bebop's big...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 8 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 2 hours 2 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 9, The Adventure
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 9 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 57 mins
In the late 1950s, America's postwar prosperity continues, but beneath the surface run currents of change. Families are moving to the suburbs, watching television has become the national pastime, and baby boomers have begun coming of age. For jazz, it is also a period of transition when old stars like Billie Holid...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 9 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 57 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 10, A Masterpiece By Midnight
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 10 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 49 mins
During the Sixties, jazz is in trouble. Critics divide the music into 'schools' - Dixieland, swing, bebop, hard bop, modal, free, avant-garde. But most young people are listening to rock 'n' roll. Though Louis Armstrong briefly outsells the Beatles with Hello Dolly, most jazz musicians are desperate for work and m...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 10 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2000), 1 hour 49 mins
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