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


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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents. Full summary »
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Keith David ... Narrator (10 episodes, 2001)

Series Directed by
Ken Burns (10 episodes, 2001)
Series Produced by
Sarah Botstein .... associate producer (10 episodes, 2001)
Series Film Editing by
Sandra Marie Christie (2 episodes, 2001)
Lewis Erskine (2 episodes, 2001)
Erik Ewers (2 episodes, 2001)
Sarah E. Hill (2 episodes, 2001)

Tricia Reidy (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Dan Korintus .... sound editor (10 episodes, 2001)

Mark Roy .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Ira Spiegel .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
John Zecca .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Tim Clark .... assistant editor (10 episodes, 2001)
Barnard Jaffier .... assistant editor / associate editor (10 episodes, 2001)
Josh LeBlanc .... apprentice editor (10 episodes, 2001)
Joe Salleres .... on-line editor (10 episodes, 2001)
JP Sarro .... editorial intern (7 episodes, 2001)
Dave Mast .... first assistant editor (2 episodes, 2001)
Series Other crew
Jeff Daniels .... researcher (10 episodes, 2001)
Peter Condon .... intern (2 episodes, 2001)

Rebecca Bregman .... researcher (unknown episodes, 1997)

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114 min (10 episodes)
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Once you learn more about Jazz on your own, the more "Jazz" feels incomplete, 23 July 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Ken Burns' Jazz documentary, which is a twenty-hour documentary (too long or not long enough would be the argument, I'd go with not long enough), details the history of Jazz from its origins in Ragtime, up until the 1960's. It is indeed insightful for those who do not know the histories of these people, pretty much all of them terrific or outstanding, and it does try to take you inside their world. As one who has only really gotten into Jazz within the past few years, as just a history lesson it keeps attention most of the way through.

The problems one can find in the documentary could be really squared down to two. The first is that Burns, while talented and obviously with a good research team and plethora of pictorial aids, forgets something about Jazz- it's supposed to be fun! There's something about the sense of humor and vitality of jazz that gets lost among the heavy-handed narrations, that make jazz out to be as mighty and colossal as the Greeks or the Romans. Jazz is important to the world of music, but much of what is spoken trumps most of the experiences in the stories (not that a few of them aren't entertaining- most of the stuff involving Armstrong, Bix, Blaisie, and Art Tatum keeps interest that way). The second problem, which is a given considering the length of the documentary, is that there isn't enough room for everyone, and after Miles and Coltrane, it just halts. It would be intriguing if Burns went back and did a 'special edition' treatment, and cover more ground on what he had, and expand into the great jazz that did come out since the 60's (and there has been a few, believe you/me).

If you're wanting to get into the atmosphere, the moods and histories (and of course the music, some of it rare here) on Jazz, basically this is the best place to start. But if you're already an aficionado, or if you don't have the utmost attention span to watch all of the footage, it may comes to let-down.

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