Jazz (2001)
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Our Language: 1924 -1929 

In the 1920s, jazz is everywhere, and for the first time soloists and singers take center stage. We meet Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues; Bix Beiderbecke, the first great white jazz star... See full summary »

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Ken Burns
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Episode credited cast:
Louis Armstrong ... Himself
Sidney Bechet Sidney Bechet ... Himself
Bix Beiderbecke ... Himself
Keith David ... Narrator (voice)
Duke Ellington ... Himself
Benny Goodman ... Himself
Earl 'Fatha' Hines ... Himself
Samuel L. Jackson ... Narrator (voice)
Artie Shaw ... Himself
Bessie Smith ... Herself
Ethel Waters ... Herself
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In the 1920s, jazz is everywhere, and for the first time soloists and singers take center stage. We meet Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues; Bix Beiderbecke, the first great white jazz star; and Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, for whom jazz offers a chance to escape the ghetto and achieve their dreams. Duke Ellington appears at the Cotton Club and Louis Armstrong performs his masterpiece, "West End Blues." Written by Anonymous

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10 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films, WETA See more »
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Narrator: What occasions the focusing of attention on the Negro? Granted that white people have long enjoyed the Negro entertainment as a diversion. Is it not something different, something more, when they bodily throw themselves into Negro entertainment in cabarets? Now, Negroes go to their own cabarets to see how white people act, and what do we see? Why, we see them actually playing Negro games. I watch them in that epidemic Negroism, the Charleston. I look on and envy them. They camel and fishtail ...
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References The Sea Beast (1926) See more »

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Jazz comes into it own...
24 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Through episode 2 of "Jazz", this music was a relatively small-time thing. Most white folks had no interest and blacks were still, in some cases, decrying the moral decay brought by jazz. However, here it's becoming more mainstream and is going through some of its best times--Harlem during the Renaissance and the creation of several superstars. Among the many people and tops covered are some people such as Bix Biederback (dead before 29), Sidney Bechet (a real nut), Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Benny Goodman, the Cotton Club, Big Bands, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington as well as the color line. Like the previous episodes, it's very educational but also is a delight because of the great music. Well worth seeing and done in the usual style you'd expect for Ken Burns' films--with great narration (Keith David), the extensive use of photos and a few film clips as well as interviews with a few select individuals. All in all, another great chapter.


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