Season 1, Episode 3 Our Language (1924-1928)

First Aired: January 10, 2001

"Our Language" (Part 3 of 10) follows Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong between 1924 and '28, and profiles other notable jazzmen and women associated with the period, including Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, and clarinet rivals Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw (who's interviewed). Ellington was honing his sexy "jungle music" at Harlem's Cotton Club while Armstrong was making his groundbreaking recordings with studio groups known as "Hot Fives and Sevens."

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  • Premiered: January 8, 2001
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  • Premise: Ken Burns' panoramic 10-part essay on `America's music.' Jazz, says narrator Keith David, is `creation on the spot.' Not so with this documentary series: It took six years to produce and featured some 500 pieces of music and 75 interviewees. The opinions o… (more)

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