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Crossroads, From Blues to Bossa

The Influences Of Jazz

Crossroads, From Blues to Bossa The Influences Of Jazz


A two part documentary, moderated by Dee Dee Bridgwater.

Part 1: From Blues to Bossa

On the search for the roots and origins of Jazz, we journey into the European and African music traditions and discover the cultural heritages of Jazz from Rio to New Orleans.

Part 2: From Highlife to Musette

On the road where European and African music converge, we discover the diverse influences of Jazz and her offshoots that exist today. New styles and revivals of past traditions enrich Jazz and render it the essential element of our entire music culture.

With Louis Armstrong, Olu Dara, Billie Holiday, Nicholas Payton, Dianne Reeves, Tito Puente, Chucho Valdés, and others.


  • Louis Armstrong | Trumpeter
  • Nicholas Payton | Trumpeter
  • Tito Puente | Timbales player


  • Directed by:
    • Thorsten Schütte
  • Production date: 1999
  • Duration: 57 min
  • Production: © SWR / EuroArts Entertainement GmbH
  • Available version(s): EN
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