Jazz-Ken Burns

Series | English | 1 Season (10 episodes). Each episode is between 87 and 123 minutes.


Renowned filmmaker Ken Burns reveals the history of jazz in the United States in just ten episodes. He covers its emergence in the early twentieth century to the present. Burns also explains the impact the jazz era had on the Civil Rights Movement.  Jazz uplifted African American communities and helped create the first African American superstars. The miniseries is enormously enhanced with the inclusion of  remarkable film clips about Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie “Bird” Parker and many more greats who thrived in the Jazz Era. These talented jazz musicians not only elevated the African American community but they became part of the fabric of  American culture.

Major Participants:
Major Participants: / Keith David (Narrator) / Wynton Marsalis / Gary Giddens / Stanley Crouch / Gerald Early / Phil Schaap
Why Stream This Film?
You will appreciate the achievements of these great musicians even if you  know little, or anything, about jazz. Ken Burns brilliantly weaves the history of jazz into just ten episodes, and he blows the minds of viewers by showing the elegance, strength, and passion that the fathers of this genre had for their work.
  • Primetime Emmy Awards: Nominated, Outstanding  Non-Fiction Series
This TV documentary sometimes feels like Thanksgiving dinner. It’s rich, delightful, filling, altogether satisfying, and, here and there, hypnotic…Burns’s film is never dull. It’s fascinating and captivating.
Deroy Murdock

National Review

This series shows what happens when American whites and blacks encounter each other, not in the abstract but person-to-person and make some sort of connection.
Ben Ratliff

The New York Times

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