Jazz - A Film By Ken Burns [DVD] 
Box set containing the in-depth documentary series chronicling the history of jazz. During the 1920s, coronetist Buddy Bolden might have been the man who invented jazz, but it was pianist Jelly Roll Morton who claimed that mantle when he became the first man to write the new form down. Other jazz pioneers featured include clarinet prodigy Sidney Bechet, trumpet player Freddie Keppard, and Twenties talents Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. In the 1930s Louis Armstrong was popularising the new musical form on Broadway, while other notable exponents included Chick Webb, Duke Ellington and female vocalists Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald. This decade also saw the emergence of the big bands led by Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and Count Basie. With the arrival of World War Two in the1940s, gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt braved the Nazi ban by continuing to play in Europe, while bandleaders Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw took their music to the Allied troops after signing up. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker made a name for themselves in the after hours clubs of Harlem, while the tune 'KoKo' heralded the arrival of 'bebop' to the American public. Meanwhile, the West Coast saw the emergence of Dave Brubeck, who mixed jazz with classical influences, and trumpet player Miles Davis, a man determined to give jazz a truly popular appeal. The 1950s saw old hands Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington continuing to dazzle, while of the new emerging talents - which included saxophonist Sonny Rollins and drummer Art Blakey - it was Miles Davis who stole the limelight. Despite new names like John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, the 1960s saw jazz beginning to fragment into such subdivisions as swing, bebop, modal and avant-garde, and subsequent decades saw the form taking new directions under the aegis of visionary players including Wynton Marsalis.
|Release Date:||2nd November 09|
|Manufacturer:||Simply Home Entertainment|
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