Caribbean

GLOBE TREKKER
Tough Trains: Cuba’s Sugar Railroads

 

Cuba was one of the first countries in the world to build a railway, back in 1837. At the time, Cuba was the world’s largest sugar producer, and its early railways were designed not with passengers in mind, but to transport sugarcane to the mills, and refined sugar to the ports. Trekker Ian Wright goes on an eye-opening and hair-raising train journey across this Caribbean island.

 

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Caribbean Islands: St. Lucia, Martinique

 

Trekker Zoe Palmer visits the spectacularly beautiful Caribbean islands of St. Lucia, Martinique and Montserrat. Surrounded by stunning rainforests, mountains and volcanoes with a hybrid of English, African and French heritage, these islands deserve their reputation as one of the top tourism spots in the world.

 

MUSIC VOYAGER
Funky Nassau

 

Along with the young Creatives of Nassau we get to experience a side of Nassau that has never been seen before. These ‘Birds of Paradise’ push the creative edge of the Caribbean islands to a new era of entertainment. We come to learn that should one step off the tourist grid in Nassau, the Bahamian people are more vibrant than the very oceans that surround these islands.

 

MUSIC VOYAGER
Antigua and Barbuda

 

The beautiful Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda tell a story of hospitality and culture, with music and journalist Mirissa Neff as the guide. She follows the trail across the islands to find the heartbeat of the country through its rhythms, and along the way she sample some of the amazing cuisine, experiences the vibrant countryside and the stunning oceans all around. From the sounds of calypso to the carnival celebrations, the pulse of Antigua and Barbuda is calling.

 

JAZZ
The Adventure (1955-1960)

JAZZ: The Adventure (1955-1960)

 

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.

 

JAZZ
A Masterpiece by Midnight (1961-Present)

JAZZ: A Masterpiece by Midnight. Charles Mingus in 1976

 

In the 1960s, the question of what is jazz and what isn’t rages, dividing audiences, musicians and generations. Miles Davis leads a movement of jazz musicians who incorporate elements of rock and soul into their music.

 

JAZZ
Risk (1945 – 1955)

 

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.

 

JAZZ
Dedicated to Chaos (1940 – 1945)

 

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.

 

JAZZ
Swing: The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939)

JAZZ: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration

 

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. The saxophone emerges as an iconic instrument of the music and women musicians emerge on the jazz scene. Benny Goodman holds the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.

 

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