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Jazz. / Episode six, Swing, the velocity of celebration

Author: Ken BurnsKeith DavidGeoffrey C WardLynn NovickOssie DavisAll authors
Publisher: [United States] : PBS DVD, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the late 1930s, as the Great Depression deepens, jazz thrives. The saxophone emerges as an iconic instrument of the music; this segment introduces two of its masters, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Young migrates to Kansas City, where a vibrant music scene is prospering with musicians such as trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and drummers Jo Jones and Chick Webb. Out of this ferment emerges pianist Count Basie,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Music
Songs and music
Named Person: Duke Ellington; Benny Goodman; Count Basie; Lester Young; Coleman Hawkins; Harry Edison; Jo Jones; Chick Webb; Mary Lou Williams; Billie Holiday; Ella Fitzgerald; Count Basie; Harry Edison; Duke Ellington; Ella Fitzgerald; Benny Goodman; Coleman Hawkins; Billie Holiday; Jo Jones; Chick Webb; Mary Lou Williams; Lester Young
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Burns; Keith David; Geoffrey C Ward; Lynn Novick; Ossie Davis; Jon Hendricks; Wynton Marsalis; Artie Shaw; Albert Murray; Gerald Lyn Early; James T Maher; Gary Giddins; Phoebe Jacobs; Phil Schaap; James Lincoln Collier; Florentine Films.; British Broadcasting Corporation.; WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.); PBS DVD (Firm)
OCLC Number: 45768860
Notes: "PBS DVD Gold."
Credits: Cinematography, Buddy Squires, Ken Burns ; editor, Aaron Vega.
Performer(s): Commentary, Ossie Davis, Jon Hendricks, Wynton Marsalis, Artie Shaw, Albert Murray, Gerald Early, James Maher, Gary Giddins, Phoebe Jacobs, Phil Schaap, James Lincoln Collier, Norma Miller, Jimmy Rowles ; narrator, Keith David.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, stereo.
Contents: Kansas City --
The Count --
Memories of you --
Musical kinship --
A whore in church --
The Ray --
Strange fruit --
A reason for living.
Other Titles: Swing, the velocity of celebration
Responsibility: a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington D.C. in association with BBC ; a film by Ken Burns ; writer, Geoffrey C. Ward ; producers, Ken Burns, Lynn Novick.

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In the late 1930s, as the Great Depression deepens, jazz thrives. The saxophone emerges as an iconic instrument of the music; this segment introduces two of its masters, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Young migrates to Kansas City, where a vibrant music scene is prospering with musicians such as trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and drummers Jo Jones and Chick Webb. Out of this ferment emerges pianist Count Basie, who forms a band that epitomizes the Kansas City sound. Billie Holiday cuts recordings while other women musicians, including pianist Mary Lou Williams and singer Ella Fitzgerald emerge on the jazz scene. Benny Goodman holds the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall while Duke Ellington tours Europe.

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