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Episode Detail: Jazz: Risk (1945-1955) - Ken Burns American Stories

The episode of Burns' 2001 series “Jazz,” covering the years 1945-55. “The swing era is over,” says narrator Keith David, “and jazz had moved on”---to a risk-filled music called bebop. The focus here is on Charlie Parker, bop's heroin-wracked abiding genius; and Dizzy Gillespie, its “central organizing figure,” as critic Stanley Crouch calls him. Also profiled: Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and L.A. “cool” jazzmen Gerry Mulligan and Dave Brubeck, whose brand of jazz, Brubeck Quartet saxman Paul Desmond once said, “was like the sound of a dry martini.”

Episodes: Ken Burns American Stories (32)

1/15/2003: Mark Twain    Season 1, Episode 8
12/16/2002: Thomas Hart Benton    Season 1, Episode 11
11/4/2002: Thomas Jefferson    Season 1, Episode 5
10/28/2002: Thomas Jefferson    Season 1, Episode 4
10/14/2002: Frank Lloyd Wright    Season 1, Episode 3
10/7/2002: Frank Lloyd Wright    Season 1, Episode 2
1/14/2002: Mark Twain    Season 1, Episode 7
1/24/2001: Jazz: Risk (1945-1955)    Season 1, Episode 20
1/23/2001: Jazz: Dedicated to Chaos (1940-1945)    Season 1, Episode 19
1/15/2001: Jazz: The True Welcome (1929-1935)    Season 1, Episode 9
1/10/2001: Jazz: Our Language (1924-1928)    Season 1, Episode 18
11/8/1999: Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony    Season 1, Episode 22
11/7/1999: Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony    Season 1, Episode 21
11/5/1997: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery    Season 2, Episode 2
11/4/1997: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery    Season 2, Episode 1
9/24/1996: The West: One Sky Above Us    Season 2, Episode 10
9/23/1996: The West: The Geography of Hope    Season 2, Episode 9
9/22/1996: The West: Fight No More Forever    Season 2, Episode 8
9/19/1996: The West: The Grandest Enterprise Under God    Season 2, Episode 7
9/17/1996: The West: Death Runs Riot    Season 2, Episode 6
9/17/1996: The West: The Speck of the Future    Season 2, Episode 5
9/16/1996: The West: Empire upon the Trails    Season 2, Episode 4
9/15/1996: The West: The People    Season 2, Episode 3
9/26/1994: Baseball: The Capital of Baseball (1950-1960)    Season 1, Episode 16
9/26/1994: Baseball: The National Pastime (1940-1950)    Season 1, Episode 15
9/22/1994: Baseball: Shadow Ball (1930-1940)    Season 1, Episode 14
1/29/1992: Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio    Season 1, Episode 10
3/20/1989: The Congress    Season 1, Episode 17
10/15/1986: Huey Long    Season 1, Episode 13
10/25/1985: The Statue of Liberty    Season 1, Episode 1
8/7/1985: The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God    Season 1, Episode 12
5/24/1982: Brooklyn Bridge    Season 1, Episode 6

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Premiered: October 06, 2002, on PBS
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Premise: A series of documentaries by Ken Burns, including 'The Statue of Liberty,' 'Brooklyn Bridge,' 'Thomas Jefferson' and episodes of 'Jazz' and 'Baseball.'

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