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Great Performances

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PBS's signature performing-arts series showcases dance, drama, comedy and music ranging from orchestral and operatic to Broadway and the blues. The Lanford Wilson drama `The Rimers of Eldritch' was its first presentation and `Brideshead Revisited' was perh (more…)

Premiered: November 4, 1972

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 37, Episode 1 Harlem in Montmartre

First Aired: August 26, 2009

S. Epatha Merkerson narrates the story of the jazz age in Paris, which flourished between the First and Second World Wars because some black U.S. veterans remained in Europe rather than returning to segregated America. Included: archival material on such legends as James Reese Europe, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Ada "Bricktop" Smith, Eugene Bullard and Django Reinhardt. Inspired by historian William A. Shack's book "Harlem in Montmartre."