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The Story of Jazz (Masters of American Music)
The Story of Jazz
Masters of American Music
Actors: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Documentary, African American Cinema
NR     2002     1hr 37min

Produced as the title segment to a six-part series, this 90-minute documentary traces the evolution of jazz from its 19th-century origins in New Orleans's Congo Square, where slaves first introduced American listeners to t...  more »


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Actors: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Pop, Armstrong, Louis, Ellington, Duke, Parker, Charlie, Jazz, Educational, History, African American Cinema
Studio: Bmg Special Product
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 05/21/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1993
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Fantastic Overview of Jazz
J. M. Toenjes | Tolono, IL United States | 03/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The best 90-minute look at jazz you can imagine. I used this in my music class and the kids were engaged all the way. Interviews are to the point and fun, clips are great. Hard to imagine a better succint treatment of the history of jazz. Highest recommendation!"
This is one great video of golden era jazz.
jjjoules | Sequim, WA United States | 02/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The samplings are wonderful[esp. Willie the Lion Smith and Sarah Vaughn],but the commentary does justice to all the included muscians as well as the history of jazz in general.I could watch this video ten times in ten days and not get tired of it."
The Story of Jazz
singerdeb | CA | 09/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I teach a Music Appreciation course and this dvd was ideal for the introduction to jazz in this setting. I use more of the Ken Burns series in my American Popular Music course, but this dvd is an excellent overview. I ordered the dvd to have shown in class when I had to be away, and it was just right. If you are completely new to jazz, it's a good place to start. There is a good bit of attention given to bebop and basically ends there; I do wish that some had been given to jazz-rock and bossa nova. But in a dvd of this length, there is no way to cover everything. If you are fairly well versed in jazz already, you probably want something more comprehensive."
Great for survey-of-music courses
Scott R. Harding | St. Johns, MI USA | 01/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I use select bits of this video in both my Jazz History and Music Appreciation classes. Having real musicians talk about (and play!) the music really draws the students in, much more so than just talking about the players and seeing them in the book. The video is well-planned, well-directed and exceptionally well thought-out."