Season 1, Episode 9 Jazz: The True Welcome (1929-1935)

First Aired: January 15, 2001

“Jazz: The True Welcome,” from Burns' 2001 series, covers 1929 to '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.

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  • Premiered: October 6, 2002
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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.' (more)

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