Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz

Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz

Billie Holiday
Director: Matthew Seig Cast: Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
, Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
, Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Matthew Seig

DVD (Black & White)

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Much shorter than Ken Burns' opus Jazz (and for obvious reasons less informative), this DVD still offers an excellent introduction to jazz history. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack does what it can with the vintage performances captured on this disc. Jazz enthusiasts should savor the performances from luminaries like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and many others.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
UPC: 0723338008899
Original Release: 1991
Rating: NR
Source: Bmg Special Product
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:37:00

Special Features

Instant chapter access; Full-motion interactive menus; DVD-ROM web link

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Interviewee
Wynton Marsalis Participant
Dizzy Gillespie Participant
Tony Bennett Participant
Lester Bowie Participant
Dave Brubeck Participant
Joe Williams Participant
Buck Clayton Participant
Illinois Jacquet Participant
Zilner Randolph Participant
Bud Freeman Participant
Randy Weston Participant
Carmen McRae Participant
Billy Taylor Participant
Jay McShann Participant
Roy Haynes Participant
Billy Eckstine Participant

Technical Credits
Matthew Seig Director,Screenwriter
Chris Albertson Screenwriter
Toby Byron Producer
Richard Saylor Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Beginnngs of Jazz [4:11]
2. Louis Armstrong [3:53]
3. Original Dixieland Jazz Band [5:04]
4. Bix Beiderbecke [5:09]
5. Duke Ellington & the Harlem Renaissance [7:50]
6. Benny Goodman & the Kindom of Swing [15:25]
7. 52nd Street [16:57]
8. Bird & Diz "Hot House" [12:08]
9. A Golden Era [6:29]
10. Birth of the Cool [4:53]
11. Electric Jazz Fusion [9:55]

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Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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If you found Ken Burns' PBS epic called Jazz to be too long and detailed, this DVD is a perfect short version. It's 100 minutes long, with lots of amazing film from the first half of the century- dancers, a New Orleans parade, and I like the drumset made of cans nailed to the top of a wooden box to which a pedal is attached. There aren't any complete songs, but it has lots of 30-second clips of music. A couple dozen people give commentary about the music and musicians. The sound and picture quality are very good. This is great for people who are just discovering jazz.