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Jazz - A Film by Ken Burns, 10 Disc Set



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JAZZ: A Film By Ken Burns
10 Disc Set, DVDs

The story, sound, and soul of a nation come together in the most American of art forms: Jazz.  Ken Burns' 10-part documentary opens at the dawn of the 20th century, incorporating American culture and historical events that interact directly with the music.  From the 1890s through the ferment of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age, to the Great Depression, New Deal, Second World War, and beyond, JAZZ paints an astounding portrait of a nation and its improvisational core of music.

Six years in the making, this "soundbreaking" series blends 75 interviews, more than 500 pieces of music, 2,400 still photographs, and 2,000 rare and archival film clips to illuminate the lives and times of jazz's extraordinary personalities.

Episode One: "Gumbo"
Beginnings to 1917

  • 43 special music information cards
  • Making of JAZZ - a special featurette

Episode Two: "The Gift"

  • 54 special music information cards
  • Complete performance - Louis Armstrong "I Cover the Waterfront" (1933, 3 min. 30 sec.)

Episode Three: "Our Language"

  • 57 special music information cards

Episode Four: "The True Welcome"


  • 52 special music information cards

Episode Five: "Swing: Pure Pleasure"

  • 52 special music information cards

Episode Six: "Swing: The Velocity of Celebration"

  • 49 special music information cards

Episode Seven: "Dedicated to Chaos"

  • 51 special music information cards
  • Complete performance - Duke Ellington "C-Jam Blues" (1942, 3 min.)

Episode Eight: "Risk"

  • 56 special music information cards

Episode Nine: "The Adventure"

  • 41 special music information cards
  • Complete performance - Miles Davis "New Rhumba" (1959, 4 min. 25 sec.)

Episode Ten: "A Masterpiece By Midnight"
1960 to the present

  • 71 special music information cards


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