Jazz (Ken Burns)

Directed By: Ken Burns

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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.


Studio PBS
SKU 201994654
UPC 841887051255
UPC 14 00841887051255
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2009
African American Culture
American History
Jazz Fusion
Jazz Instrumental
Jazz Legends
Jazz Musicians
Jazz Vocal
Jazz Vocalists
Made-For-Network TV
Music (General)
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
New York Times "...Mr. Burns's elegiac thoroughness...is 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
Ken Burns
Name Burns,Ken
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Cast & Crew
Art Blakey - Featuring
Buddy Squires - Cinematographer
Charlie Parker - Featuring
Duke Ellington - Featuring
Elvis Presley - Featuring
Frank Sinatra - Featuring
Geoffrey C. Ward - Writer
Harry Connick, Jr. - Featuring
Herbie Hancock - Featuring
Keith David - Narrated By
Ken Burns - Director
Ken Burns - Cinematographer
Ken Burns, et. al. - Producer
Lewis Erskine, et. al. - Editor
Louis Armstrong - Featuring
Ossie Davis - Featuring
Samuel L. Jackson - Featuring
Wynton Marsalis - Featuring
Technical Info
Catalog ID 600
UPC 00841887051255
Number of Discs 10
Running Time 1138 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Nominee (2001) Emmy, Buddy Squires, Ken Burns, Outstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Programming,Emmy, Ken Burns, et. al., Outstanding Non-Fiction Series,Emmy, Erik Ewers, Paul Barnes, Outstanding Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming,Emmy, Ira Spiegel, et. al., Outstanding Sound Editing for a Non-Fiction Program,Emmy, Dominick Tavella, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Non-Fiction Program
ReviewSource Epinions.com
Review 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.
Reviewer Patti Aliventi
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Burns,Ken
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Gary Mairs, CultureVulture.net ...necessary viewing for anyone who loves the music...stunning photographs and a number of rare filmed performances.
Jason Van Bergen, TheCritics.org ...unravels like a fine wine, its musky tendrils unfurling at a leisurely pace as Burns works his magic...

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