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James Andrews
Aaron Bell
Dave Brubeck
Stanley Crouch

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Series chronicling the roots and evolution of jazz, a distinctive American art form. Features recordings and footage of jazz masters.

Part 1, "Gumbo," focuses on the beginnings of Jazz, born in the unique musical and social cauldron of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, emerging from several forms of music, including ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, European Classical music, funeral parade music and, the blues.

Part 2, "The Gift," focuses on the years 1917 to 1924, the tumultuous era known as the "Jazz Age," when the rhythms and spirit of jazz music mirror the world that emerged in the wake of World War I.

Part 3, "Our Language," focuses on the years 1924 to 1... Full Summary >>