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Ken Burn's Jazz

The music featured in Ken Burns's JAZZ is available from Columbia/Legacy and the Verve Music Group:

• The Best Of Ken Burns JAZZ, a single-CD compilation, offers a 20-song overview to the series.

• Ken Burns JAZZ - The Story Of America's Music, a 5-CD boxed set, contains much of the music featured in the PBS television series.

• Also available are 22 individual titles featuring the most popular and influential music of each artist's career. These single-CD compilations are the definitive commercially available collections representing each artist's recorded works from all of the legendary jazz labels. Individual artist compilations include (scroll down and click on page to visit Liner Notes):

Louis Armstrong
Count Basie
Sidney Bechet
Art Blakey
Dave Brubeck
Ornette Coleman
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Duke Ellington
Ella Fitzgerald
Dizzy Gillespie
Benny Goodman
Herbie Hancock
Coleman Hawkins
Fletcher Henderson
Billie Holiday
Charles Mingus 
Thelonious Monk
Charlie Parker
Sonny Rollins
Sarah Vaughan
Lester Young


Series Project Director: Jeffrey Peisch
Project Directors: Sarah Botstein, Mike Charlasch, Seth Rothstein
Project Managers: Adam Block, Ken Druker, Nate Herr, Bryan Koniarz

A&R Committee: Ken Burns, Steve Berkowitz, Michael Brooks, Sarah Botstein, Michael Cuscuna, Peter Miller, Lynn Novick, Nedra Olds-Neal, Seth Rothstein, Richard Seidel, Ben Young

Art Direction: Howard Fritzson, Hollis King, Adam Owett
Design: Nathan Savage/Red Herring Design

Photo Research: Victoria Gohl, Jeffrey Peisch

Series Packaging Managers: Lauren Atlas, John Christiana, Clare Walker
Business Affairs: Pat Sweeting

A&R Coordination: Didier C. Deutsch, Kristin Kozusko, Patti Matheny, Darren Salmieri

Special Thanks to: Pam Tubridy Baucom, Lilly Burns, Sarah Burns, Wendy Byrne, Rebecca Carr, Church & Main Inc., Tom Cording, Joe DePlasco, Wanda Fuller, Alex Gatje, Valerie Gillett, Teese Gohl, Robert Gold, Kevin Gore, Tom Greenwood, Elliot Groffman, Randy Haecker, Dan Hamby, Don Ienner, John Ingrassia, John Jackson, Michael Kauffman, Orrin Keepnews, Karen Kenton, Dan Klores, Paul Koslowski, Michael Levine, Arthur Levy, Tom Levy, Marc Lipiner, Bruce Lundvall, Susan Makarichev, Valerie Marcus, Joe Marziotto, David McLees, David McMahon, Craig Mellish, Kara Mickley, Renee Moyer, Vicki Petrella, Kelly Pratt, Maria Racana, Michael Roberson, Skip Roberts, Sharon Rockefeller, Charlie Sarrica, Phil Schaap, Meg Anne Schindler, Jon Siegel, Rob Silverberg, Mark Smith, Jessica Sowin, Amy Strauss, Amanda Tozzi, Angie Troici. Scott Wenzel, Chris Wheat, John Wriggle, and the General Motors Corporation, Don Malter, Erin Whelan

Executive Producers: Ken Burns, Ron Goldstein, Jeff Jones


A Film by Ken Burns

Directed by Ken Burns
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward

Produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Co-Producers: Peter Miller, Victoria Gohl
Supervising Film Editor: Paul Barnes

Episode Editors: Paul Barnes, Sandra Marie Christie, Lewis Erskine, Erik Ewers, Sarah E. Hill, Craig Mellish, Tricia Reidy, Shannon Robards, Aaron Vega

Narrated by Keith David

Cinematography: Buddy Squires, Ken Burns

Associate Producers: Sarah Botstein, Natalie Bullock Brown, Shola Lynch

Advisors: Michael Chertok, James Lincoln Collier, Stanley Crouch, Michael Cuscuna, Dayton Duncan, Julie Dunfey, Gerald Early, Tom Evered, Gary Giddins, Matt Glaser, Joanna Groning, Eric Hosbawm, Robin D.G. Kelley, Charlie Lourie, Allen Lowe, Albert Murray, Daniel Okrent, Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Loren Schoenberg, Gunther Schuller, Margaret Washington

JAZZ is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington. In association with BBC

A General Motors Mark Of Excellence Presentation

General Motors has been Ken Burns's partner in sharing the American experience for more than a decade, as both the sole corporate underwriter of hi s films and sponsor of the educational programs that bring the lessons of these films to classrooms across the nation.

Funding for JAZZ is provided by the General Motors Corporation, PBS, Park Foundation, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Helen and Peter Bing.



JAZZ, a film by Ken Burns, is a ten-part documentary premiering on Public Television in January of 2001 as a General Motors Mark of Excellence Presentation. The series revolves around the stories of such brilliant musicians and compelling personalities as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Artie Shaw, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman, and Miles Davis. Beginning with the birth of jazz at the dawn of the 20th century, the film presents the wide range of American cultural and historical events that interact directly with the music - among them the harsh racial polarization of the 1890s  and early 20th century; the artistic and political ferment of the Harlem Renaissance; the exuberance of the Jazz Age; the Great Depression and the New Deal; the Second World War; the emergence of a youth culture in the 1950s and 1960s; the hope, anger, and expectations of the civil rights movement; and the search for identity and authenticity in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

JAZZ features on-camera observations from over 75 musicians, historians, writers, critics, and fans including Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch, Margo Jefferson, Ossie Davis, Abbey Lincoln, Jackie McLean, Gerald Early, Artie Shaw, and Mercedes Ellington. The actor Keith David is the series narrator, and first person historical voices are read by Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew Broderick, James Naughton, Delroy Lindo, Studs Terkel, and Ann Duquesnay, among others.
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