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Jazz has been called the purest expression of American democracy; a music built on individualism and compromise, independence and cooperation. Ken Burns follows the growth and development of jazz music from the gritty streets of New Orleans to Chicago's south side, the speakeasies of Kansas city and to Times Square.

Episodes

Season 1
During the Sixties, jazz is in trouble. Critics divide the music into "schools" -...
Season 1
In the late 1950s, America's postwar prosperity continues, but beneath the surface run...
Season 1
The postwar years bring America to a level of prosperity unimaginable a decade before,...
Season 1
When America enters World War II, jazz is part of the arsenal.
Season 1
As the 1930's come to a close, Swing-mania is still going strong, but some fans are...
Season 1
As the Great Depression drags on, jazz comes as close as it has ever come to being...
Season 1
In 1929, America enters a decade of economic desperation, as the Stock Market collapses...
Season 1
As the stock market continues to soar, jazz is everywhere in America, and now, for the...
Season 1
As the Roaring Twenties accelerate, Paul Whiteman, a white bandleader, sells millions of...
Season 1
JAZZ begins in New Orleans, nineteenth century America's most cosmopolitan city, where...
Ken Burns follows the growth and development of jazz music.