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2001, TV Show

Episode Detail: The True Welcome (1929-1935) - Jazz

“The True Welcome” (Part 4 of 10) covers the Depression's early years (1929-35). “The jazz age was over,” says narrator Keith David, and jobs for jazzmen and women were scarce. But Duke Ellington (“he taught us the meaning of style,” says Ossie Davis) prospered, as did Fats Waller and Art Tatum. Harlem danced the lindy hop. Benny Goodman began playing his “genuine jazz.” And Louis Armstrong began to sing---like no one had before him.

Episodes: Jazz (11)

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Premiered: January 08, 2001, on PBS
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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 of the primary one, Wynton Marsalis (billed as `senior creative consultant'), riled a number of critics. But few could dispute the genius of Burns' two key `Jazz' artists, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

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