This film presents the creation of jazz throughout the U.S. south and its emergence in the north as a commodity. The following jazz artists are featured: Charles Mingus; Charlie Parker; Chick Corea; Count Basie; Dave Brubeck; Dizzy Gillespie; Duke Ellington; Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines; Louis Armstrong; Miles Davis; Hoagy Carmichael.
A study and celebration of America’s greatest original art form, Ken Burns’s ten-part documentary series opens at the dawn of the 20th century and crosses the decades with the exuberance and expressive power of jazz itself. Each episode sheds light on cultural and historical milestones as it introduces viewers to the unforgettable names and accomplishments of the music. Distributed by PBS Distribution.
DVD, region 1, full screen presentation, Dolby surround stereo, Closed-captioned;10 episodes tracing the history of jazz from its roots in the African-American community of New Orleans to its heights and continuing presence;