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Air Date: Sat, Nov 9, 2019 10:00 PM
Discover how the Cold War and Civil Rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially-charged Soviet propaganda through their music.
Air Date: Wed, Mar 7, 2018 8:00 PM
This retrospective features the music that brought the country through WWII, turning back the clock to a time when swing musicians ruled the radio and night clubs, bringing musical escape to Americans during one of the most turbulent periods in the nation’s history.
Air Date: Fri, May 20, 2016 9:00 PM
As rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll erode jazz’s audience, the music nonetheless enjoys a time of tremendous creativity. Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane scores a hit with his version of the show tune “My Favorite Things” and creates some of the most intense music in jazz history.
Air Date: Fri, May 13, 2016 9:00 PM
Jazz splinters into different camps: white and black, cool and hot, East and West, traditional and modern. Trumpeter Miles Davis becomes the most influential musician of his generation.
Air Date: Fri, May 6, 2016 9:00 PM
The infectious music of the swing bands sets the mood for soldiers going off to fight in World War II. Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and alto saxophonist Charlie Parker take jazz in startling new directions with their complex music called bebop.
Air Date: Fri, Apr 22, 2016 9:00 PM
Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of jazz – the quintessential American art form. The 10-part series follows the growth and development of jazz music from its beginnings to the present.   Swing: The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939) As the Great Depression deepens, jazz thrives.
Air Date: Fri, Apr 15, 2016 9:00 PM
Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of jazz – the quintessential American art form. The 10-part series follows the growth and development of jazz music from its beginnings to the present.   Swing: Pure Pleasure (1935-1937) Big band jazz – swing – becomes the most popular music in America.
Air Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2016 9:00 PM
Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of jazz – the quintessential American art form. The 10-part series follows the growth and development of jazz music from its beginnings to the present.
Air Date: Sat, Nov 28, 2015 8:00 PM
Return to the glorious days of legendary orchestras, bandleaders and singers that ruled America’s radio waves and dance halls, bringing joy and escape during the days the country went to war and through the era of victory that followed.