Jazz (A Film by Ken Burns) - Episode One: Gumbo – Iconic Arts
Jazz (A Film by Ken Burns) - Episode One: Gumbo

Jazz (A Film by Ken Burns) - Episode One: Gumbo

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Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns
Episode 1: Gumbo


JAZZ begins in New Orleans, nineteenth century America's most cosmopolitan city, where the sound of marching bands, Italian opera, Caribbean rhythms, and minstrel shows fills the streets with a richly diverse musical culture. Here, in the 1890s, African-American musicians create a new music out of these ingredients by mixing in ragtime syncopations and the soulful feeling of the blues.

Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns is an exploration of one of the defining art forms of America. From Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong, Jazz traces the people and cultures of the music from its very origins in New Orleans. Following its progression through two World Wars, a Great Depression, and economic boom times all the way up to today, Ken Burns paints a rich and complete picture of the evolution of jazz music.