Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns
This sprawling, free-flowing documentary covers the emergence and development of America’s greatest original art form. Renowned documentary filmmaker Ken Burns applies the same diligence and insight he brought to his famous Civil War series to this rich musical subject.
The 10-part narrative begins in the 1890s and follows influential artists through the Harlem Renaissance, Great Depression, World War II, and all the way up to the new millennium. The contributions of towering figures such as Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Miles Davis, and others are analyzed in over 70 interviews.
The discs overflow with extras, including full-length performances by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. Music information cards that list details of performances seen in the film and a making-of featurette supplement the documentary.
- Features around 500 pieces of music
- Rating: not rated
- Number of discs: 10
- Total run time: 1,140 minutes
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