Episode Guide Episode 1 "Gumbo" Beginnings to "Gumbo" traces the roots of jazz from the s to The viewer will catch glimpses of Jelly Roll Morton, who erroneously claimed to have invented jazz, and the tragic, though influential, figure of trumpeter Buddy Bolden. Blessed with skill and talent far exceeding their peers, one can only define what they possess as a gift from the gods.
Ken Burns and the Construction of Jazz History Theodore Gracyk As all action is by its nature to be figured as extended in breadth and in depth, as well as in length; and so spreads abroad on all hands. Alas for our "chains" or chainlets, of "causes and effects.
In this essay, I identify and critique some of the project's core assumptions. My principal target is the assumption that a specific essence of jazz underlies most but not all of the music that is regularly identified as jazz and that the historical unfolding of this essence is the true subject of a historical investigation of jazz.
This assumption accounts for the project's otherwise puzzling suggestion that jazz history ended approximately thirty-five years ago. The most visible element of the historical project is the ten-part, nineteen-hour documentary, Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns.
However, the historical project has three other public elements. The first is a book, Jazz: A History of America's Music. Ward and Ken Burns, the bulk of the book is the film's spoken text, which includes both a unifying narrative and numerous quotations.
The book makes it clear that this text is primarily Ward's work. Second, there is a website that makes available extensive transcripts of many of the [End Page ] seventy-five interviews conducted for use in the film. Third, there is a set of twenty-two compact discs, each giving an overview of an important jazz musician e.
Highlights of these discs have, in turn, been assembled into a five-disc box set called Ken Burns Jazz. My aim is to reveal and examine the conceptual scaffolding that supports and organizes this vast, multifaceted project. What is the principal assumption of this historical project?
The project consistently emphasizes the music's capacity to give audible embodiment to the idea of American democracy.
At the same time, the project is less than forthcoming about the aesthetic assumptions embraced by Ward and Burns. Familiar and predictable arguments are introduced to justify the appellation of "art" and to address the issue of the purported death of jazz in the s.
However, these two strands of the larger argument may be at cross-purposes with the principal assumption and the ideology that jointly justify the project's status as jazz history.
Let me begin by describing the principal assumption in some detail.Support All About Jazz and Jazz Near You! If you shop at any of the stores below, please initiate your purchase from All About Jazz. When you do, All About Jazz will receive a sales commission.
Watch video · Born on July 29, , in Brooklyn, New York, Ken Burns is the creator of such acclaimed documentaries as The Civil War, Baseball and Jazz. He is considered one of the most influential filmmakers.
Ken Burns' Jazz was one of the main reasons I originally signed up for Amazon Prime. Now, when I want to watch the series a second time, I find that Episode 1 /5(). His widely known documentary series include The Civil War (), Baseball (), Jazz (), The War (), Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection includes 28 quilts and will be on view through May 13, Politics.
With cooperation from the Verve and Columbia Legacy catalogs, the Ken Burns Jazz series on CD individually spotlights the musical excellence of 22 jazz originators whose careers and influence are explored in Burns' PBS documentary Jazz.9/ Filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of jazz -- the quintessential American art form.
The part series follows the growth and development of jazz music from the gritty streets of New Orleans to.