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The Resource Jazz : a film by Ken Burns, [Discs 1-6], a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington D.C. in association with BBC ; written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ; directed by Ken Burns

Jazz : a film by Ken Burns, [Discs 1-6], a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington D.C. in association with BBC ; written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ; directed by Ken Burns

Label
Jazz : a film by Ken Burns, [Discs 1-6]
Title
Jazz
Title remainder
a film by Ken Burns
Title number
[Discs 1-6]
Statement of responsibility
a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington D.C. in association with BBC ; written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ; directed by Ken Burns
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Episode 1. Jazz is born in New Orleans at the turn of the century emerging from several forms of music including ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, creole music, funeral parade music and above all, the blues. Musicians profiled here who advanced early jazz are Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Freddie Keppard, and musicians of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band
  • Episode 2. From 1917 through 1924, the "Jazz Age" begins with speakeasies, flappers and easy money for some. The story of jazz becomes a tale of two cities, Chicago and New York, and of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, whose lives and music will span three-quarters of a century. This episode also follows the careers of jazz greats James Reese Europe, King Oliver, Willie Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman and James P. Johnson
  • Episode 3. By 1924 to 1928, jazz is everywhere in America and spreading abroad. For the first time, soloists and singers take center stage, transforming the music with their distinctive voices. This episode traces the careers of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Sidney Bechet, Bessie Smith, Earl Hines, Ethel Waters, Bix Beiderbecke, the first great white jazz artist and Benny Goodman, the son of Jewish immigrants
  • Episode 4. Amid the hard times of the Depression, new dances, the Lindy Hop and Swing, caught on at the dance halls of New York even as the jobless lined the streets and drought ruined Midwest farms. Jazz, during 1929 through 1935, lifted the nation's spirit. Record sales boomed while Armstrong became a major entertainer as singer, trumpeter, band leader, radio and film performer. Ellington's elegance, compositions, brilliant band films and recordings created a huge following in America and abroad. This segment also visits the careers of Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Billy Rose, Chick Webb, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and the record producer, John Hammond
  • Episode 5. In the mid 1930s, as the Great Depression refuses to lift, Benny Goodman finds himself hailed as the "King of Swing" and becomes the first white bandleader to hire black musicians. He has a host of rivals among them, Chick Webb, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmie Lunceford, Glen Miller and Artie Shaw. Louis Armstrong heads a big band of his own, while Duke Ellington continues his independent course, but great black artists still can't eat or sleep in many of the hotels where they perform. Billie Holiday emerges from a childhood of tragedy to begin her career as the greatest of all female jazz singers
  • Episode 6. In the late 1930s, as the Great Depression deepens, jazz thrives. The saxophone emerges as an iconic instrument of the music; this segment introduces two of its masters, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Young migrates to Kansas City, where a vibrant music scene is prospering with musicians such as trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and drummers Jo Jones and Chick Webb. Out of this ferment emerges pianist Count Basie, who forms a band that epitomizes the Kansas City sound. Billie Holiday cuts recordings while other women musicians, including pianist Mary Lou Williams and singer Ella Fitzgerald emerge on the jazz scene. Benny Goodman holds the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall while Duke Ellington tours Europe
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Cataloging source
VA@
Characteristic
videorecording
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Jazz (Television program)
Credits note
Cinematography, Buddy Squires, Ken Burns
Intended audience
Not rated
Language note
Closed-captioned
PerformerNote
Narrated by Keith David ; various other presenters, including Wynton Marsalis
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1953-
  • 1961-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Burns, Ken
  • Novick, Lynn
  • Ward, Geoffrey C
  • David, Keith
  • Marsalis, Wynton
  • Florentine Films
  • PBS Home Video
  • WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.)
Runtime
684
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jazz
  • Jazz
  • Jazz musicians
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
Label
Jazz : a film by Ken Burns, [Discs 1-6], a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington D.C. in association with BBC ; written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ; directed by Ken Burns
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Videodisc release of a 2000 production
  • For specific features see interactive menu
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Contents
Episode One. Gumbo (90 min.) -- Episode Two. The gift (120 min.) -- Episode Three. Our language (120 min.) -- Episode Four. The true welcome (120 min.) -- Episode Five. Swing: pure pleasure (90 min.) -- Episode Six. Swing: the velocity of celebration (105 min.)
Control code
ocm58532022
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
6 videodiscs (684 min.)
Isbn
9781415702451
Isbn Type
(set)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
097368858046
Other physical details
sound, color, black & white
Publisher number
88580
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)58532022
System details
DVD, region 1, full screen presentation, Dolby surround stereo
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Jazz : a film by Ken Burns, [Discs 1-6], a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington D.C. in association with BBC ; written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ; directed by Ken Burns
Publication
Note
  • Videodisc release of a 2000 production
  • For specific features see interactive menu
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Contents
Episode One. Gumbo (90 min.) -- Episode Two. The gift (120 min.) -- Episode Three. Our language (120 min.) -- Episode Four. The true welcome (120 min.) -- Episode Five. Swing: pure pleasure (90 min.) -- Episode Six. Swing: the velocity of celebration (105 min.)
Control code
ocm58532022
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
6 videodiscs (684 min.)
Isbn
9781415702451
Isbn Type
(set)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
097368858046
Other physical details
sound, color, black & white
Publisher number
88580
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)58532022
System details
DVD, region 1, full screen presentation, Dolby surround stereo
Video recording format
DVD

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