Season 1, Episode 19 Jazz: Dedicated to Chaos (1940-1945)

First Aired: January 23, 2001

An episode from Burns's 2001 series “Jazz” covers the years 1940-45, when Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie burst onto the scene with their “new way of playing.” Meanwhile, Duke Ellington had found a new collaborator, Billy Strayhorn. Swing endured, with its hits becoming “the anthems of wartime America,” says narrator Keith David. And around the world? “Jazz,” says Dave Brubeck, “is accepted as the music of freedom.”

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  • Premiered: October 6, 2002
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: A series of documentaries by Ken Burns, including 'The Statue of Liberty,' 'Brooklyn Bridge,' 'Thomas Jefferson' and episodes of 'Jazz' and 'Baseball.' (more)

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