Jazz (2001)

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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

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This series explores the history of the major American musical form. We track its development in African American culture, its rise to prominence with its golden age of popularity spanning from the 1920's to the mid 1940's both in its original form and in Swing through its popular decline and the rise of vital new sub-genres into the present day. Along the way, we learn of the lives and work of major contributors to the form such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie "Bird" Parker and many others who helped form Jazz into the vibrant musical form it is. Moreover, we see how the music reflected the political and social issues of the African American community over the course of the form's history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Simply the Best!
14 January 2001 | by (Pasadena, CA.) – See all my reviews

Ken Burns has done it again. "Jazz" is a wonderful overview of the history of Jazz music, America's classical music. Burns not only illustrates the music of Jazz, but also the African American experience. Which is "our" American experience.

Some noted Jazz critics have complained that Ken Burns over "simplified" Jazz as an art form. Or omitted various artists. However, "Jazz" is intended to be an overview or introduction, and not a doctorial thesis. So enjoy it.

I highly recommend "Jazz" and can't wait to get the DVD with its extras.


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