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Format: DVD
Sku: 201994654
UPC: 841887051255
UPC 14: 00841887051255
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A Film by Ken Burns.
A virtuoso performance by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, Jazz celebrates the music of America - from blues and ragtime to swing, bebop and fusion.

With Jazz, Ken Burns reaches the high note of his epic trilogy on American life that began with The Civil War and continued with Baseball.

Episodes: A Masterpiece by Midnight, The Adventure, The Risk, Dedicated to Chaos, Swing: The Velocity of Celebration, Swing: Pure Pleasure, The True Welcome, Our Language, The Gift, and Gumbo.

"...necessary viewing for anyone who loves the music...stunning photographs and a number of rare filmed performances.  Gary Mairs,
"...unravels like a fine wine, its musky tendrils unfurling at a leisurely pace as Burns works his magic...  Jason Van Bergen,

Editor's Note
For the third part of his American Trilogy--following THE CIVIL WAR and BASEBALL--Ken Burns takes on "that most American of art forms": jazz. The 10-part, 19-hour film begins with the music's roots in post-Civil War New Orleans and concludes roughly a century later. The story focuses not only on the personalities and events that helped define the music but also on the social and cultural climate in which they emerged, making KEN BURNS' JAZZ a film about more than just music.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: PBS
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/1/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 1138 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 600
Video UPC UPC: 00841887051255
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 10

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Art Blakey - Featuring
Video Cast Info Buddy Squires - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Charlie Parker - Featuring
Video Cast Info Duke Ellington - Featuring
Video Cast Info Elvis Presley - Featuring
Video Cast Info Frank Sinatra - Featuring
Video Cast Info Geoffrey C. Ward - Writer
Video Cast Info Harry Connick, Jr. - Featuring
Video Cast Info Herbie Hancock - Featuring
Video Cast Info Keith David - Narrated By
Video Cast Info Ken Burns - Director
Video Cast Info Ken Burns - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ken Burns, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Lewis Erskine, et. al. - Editor
Video Cast Info Louis Armstrong - Featuring
Video Cast Info Ossie Davis - Featuring
Video Cast Info Samuel L. Jackson - Featuring
Video Cast Info Wynton Marsalis - Featuring
Plot Summary
Ken Burns takes the viewer on a 19-hour visual and aural tour. Find out why jazz was, and may still be, one of the most revolutionary musical--and artistic--expressions around.


Nominee (2001)
   Video Award Name Emmy, Buddy Squires, Ken Burns, Outstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Programming
   Video Award Name Emmy, Ken Burns, et. al., Outstanding Non-Fiction Series
   Video Award Name Emmy, Erik Ewers, Paul Barnes, Outstanding Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming
   Video Award Name Emmy, Ira Spiegel, et. al., Outstanding Sound Editing for a Non-Fiction Program
   Video Award Name Emmy, Dominick Tavella, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Non-Fiction Program

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Mr. Burns's elegiac given a big lift by the artfully assembled music....JAZZ is full of dreams." 01/08/2001 pp.E1-E7

USA Today
"...This epic production surrounds its stories and civic lessons with an almost unquenchable torrent of great music..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 01/08/2001 p.1E 10 of 10
Everyone will learn something about jazz music and the history of this country in the 20th century in the beautifully made documentary...The 19 hour documentary Burns created, simply titled Jazz is a study of that music as well as of the times. You can't really have one without the other, just as popular music and events were so intertwined in the 1960's, the same can be said for jazz throughout much of it's history. This documentary is both a celebration and history of an American art form...First aired back in 2001, there are parts of the series that are especially poignant now, as so much of the history of this music happened in New Orleans...Jazz aficionados will likely love the recordings and some of the old clips which haven't been seen for years. Burns puts so much work and dedication, and it shows. - Patti Aliventi

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Burns,Ken
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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