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An Entertaining And Educational Collection Of Documentaries And Performances Of The Great American Art Form That Is Jazz Music In A 90-Plus Minute Presentation, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #PopularCulture #Jazz #Music #SundayNight #DukeEllington #BillyTaylor #BennyGoodman #DizzyGillespie #MavisStaple #TheloniousMonk #LouisJordan #BrotherBeware #NatKingCole #History #Documentary #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #MP4Download #USBFlashDrive
The History Of Jazz: Parts 1 and 2 (Color, 1986, 48 Minutes)
A scholastic educational program on the history of jazz, with archival footage of and performances by the great performers of the genre worldwide, with narration and demonstrations by Billy Taylor And His Band.
Duke Ellington: Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life (Black and White, 1935, 10 Minutes)
A nine-and-a-half minute musical short produced in 1935 that features Duke Ellington’s early extended piece and Billie Holiday’s screen debut, and was directed by Fred Waller and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Symphony in Black represents a landmark in musical, cultural, and entertainment history as well as significant progress in Ellington’s own biography. It is a member of the first generation of non-classically arranged orchestral scores and perhaps most importantly, one of the first films written by an African-American describing African-American life to reach wide distribution.
Signature: Benny Goodman (Color, 1981, 23 Minutes)
Benny Goodman, American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing" , is here interviewed on the Signature television series. Having started his professional career at the age of 12, he was playing in band with Bix Beiderbecke two years later. By the mid-1930s, he led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 was the most important jazz concert in history, and was thought of as jazz's "coming out" party to the "respectable" musical world. Goodman's bands launched the careers of many major jazz artists. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman performed nearly to the end of his life while exploring an interest in classical music.
Sunday Night Medley (Color, 1988, 14 Minutes)
Selections from saxophonist David Sanborn's and Jools Holland's 1988-1989 television show "Sunday Night", including his live performances with Dizzy Gillespire and Mavis Staple, film outtakes of Thelonious Monk, Louis Jordan's "Brother, Beware!", and a rare television ad for former member of The Drifters Jimmy Jones' Ozone Ford.
Nat King Cole: This Is My Night To Dream (Black and White, 1955, 3 Minutes)
A vintage filmed performance featuring Cole on piano as well as vocals.
Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime. Since the 1920s Jazz Age, it has been recognized as a major form of musical expression in traditional and popular music, linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, complex chords, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions. As jazz spread around the world, it drew on national, regional, and local musical cultures, which gave rise to different styles. New Orleans jazz began in the early 1910s, combining earlier brass-band marches, French quadrilles, biguine, ragtime and blues with collective polyphonic improvisation. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands, Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, bluesy, improvisational style and Gypsy jazz (a style that emphasized musette waltzes) were the prominent styles. Bebop emerged in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music toward a more challenging "musician's music" which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. Cool jazz developed near the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines. The mid-1950s saw the emergence of hard bop, which introduced influences from rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing. Modal jazz developed in the late 1950s, using the mode, or musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation, as did free jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat and formal structures. Jazz-rock fusion appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s, combining jazz improvisation with rock music's rhythms, electric instruments, and highly amplified stage sound. In the early 1980s, a commercial form of jazz fusion called smooth jazz became successful, garnering significant radio airplay. Other styles and genres abound in the 2000s, such as Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz.