Jazz (2001)
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Swing: The Velocity of Celebration - 1937-1939 

As the 1930's come to a close, Swing-mania is still going strong, but some fans are saying success has made the music too predictable. Count Basie and the Kansas City sound reignite the ... See full summary »

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Ken Burns

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Keith David
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Keith David ... Narrator (voice)
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As the 1930's come to a close, Swing-mania is still going strong, but some fans are saying success has made the music too predictable. Count Basie and the Kansas City sound reignite the spirit of swing. By the decade's end, Duke Ellington has been hailed as a hero in Europe, amid anxious preparations for war. And weeks after that war begins, Coleman Hawkins startles the world with a glimpse of what jazz will become, improvising a new music on the old standard, "Body and Soul." Written by Anonymous

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22 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films, WETA See more »
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Quite good.
25 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have really enjoyed watching the episodes of "Jazz". I particularly like the snappy music. However, as I watch I also realize that I am awfully ignorant about the subject and wonder how much of what I am seeing is fact and how much is just opinion. For example in both this episode and the previous one, I hear folks saying that Billie Holiday was 'the best' big band singer. Hmmm...the best?! It's like saying one singer today it the best or a movie is the best or a certain flavor is ice cream is best--it's an opinion but is being stated like it's a fact. So how many other times does this impact the show--such as with which musicians are featured and which ones are not.

Topics covered include Benny Goodman's successful concert at Carnegie Hall, what a BIG butt-head Goodman actually was and how it helped tear apart his band, Billie Holiday and her genius with music, Sarah Vaughn and the song "Strange Fruit", Chick Webb, Count Basie and Kansas City jazz as well as the slow integration of audiences and bands. All in all, very enjoyable despite its apparent biases.


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