Masters of American Music is an award-winning television series of ten shows that celebrate a pantheon of the greatest innovators in Jazz: Thelonius Monk, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and John Coltrane. Both the video and audio content now has been restored and remastered in accordance with state-of-the-art specifications, employing award-winning tools exclusively for this production.
Produced by Toby Byron, it was the first TV series devoted to Jazz. Individual programmes trace the lives and works of master musicians who defined the course of America's classical music. From its birth in New Orleans, to swing, the big bands, bebop, free Jazz and beyond: all of it is explored with sensitivity and in unique depth.