Jazz (2001)
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As the Great Depression drags on, jazz comes as close as it has ever come to being America's popular music. It has a new name, Swing, and for millions of young fans, it will be the defining... See full summary »

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As the Great Depression drags on, jazz comes as close as it has ever come to being America's popular music. It has a new name, Swing, and for millions of young fans, it will be the defining music of their generation. Benny Goodman is hailed as the "King of Swing" and Billie Holiday begins her career as the greatest of all female jazz singers. Written by Anonymous

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17 January 2001 (USA)  »

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I've Got a Heartful of Music
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Another decent episode of "Jazz" but I am starting to wonder....
25 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

I have really enjoyed watching the episodes of "Jazz". I particularly like the snappy music. However, as I watch I also realize that I am awfully ignorant about the subject and wonder how much of what I am seeing is fact and how much is just opinion. For example in both this episode and the next, I hear folks saying that Billie Holiday was 'the best' big band singer. Hmmm...the best?! It's like saying one singer today it the best or a movie is the best or a certain flavor is ice cream is best--it's an opinion but is being stated like it's a fact. So how many other times does this impact the show--such as with which musicians are featured and which ones are not.

Despite these misgivings, I did enjoy the show and liked hearing about the early days of swing. Among the many folks discussed were Jimmy Lunsford, Tommy Dorsey (who they described as kind of a nasty guy), Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Chick Webb and a bit at the end about Count Basie. Topics covered included more about race and jazz, life on the road and how, in their opinion, swing became a bit dull before Basie came to New York.


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