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Masters of American Music, Story Of Jazz
Masters of American Music

Masters of American Music is an award-winning television series of ten shows that celebrate a pantheon of the greatest innovators in Jazz. 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.

The Story of Jazz puts the crown on the Masters of American series. As entertaining as it is informative, it is a seamless array of performances, comments, and compelling historic insight. Many call Jazz the greatest art form of the 20th century. The Story of Jazz is a colorful tale of cross-cultural influences that produced a constantly evolving and enduring music. It is a rich 97-minute weave of sounds, rare film clips, stills and interviews. This absorbing mix of sights and sounds shows how this truly American expression spread to become the universal language.

A captivating trek through the stylistic changes that have kept jazz so fresh for all these years: New Orleans traditions, Stride, Swing, Boogie Woogie, Big Band, Jump Band, the singers, the dancers, the blues, Bebop, Afro-Cuban, Cool, Free-form… it’s all here.

Movie director : Matthew Seig
Collection : Masters of American Music
Music genre : Jazz

Duration : 01 h 37 min
Production date : 1993
Production : © East Stinson Inc., Toby Byron / Multiprises
Available version(s) : VOST FR