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This series presents the history of America’s greatest original art form. More than music history, the film raises questions central to twentieth century life, both in America and throughout the world: about race and class, art and commerce, virtuosity and collaboration, the individual and the community, the confluence of cultures and the universality of experience. The film is structured chronologically and told through the biographies of the men and women who created jazz music. It provides detailed and engaging portraits of the pantheon of the greatest figures in jazz. Like The Civil War and Baseball, JAZZ relies on a compelling, emotional, and dramatic combination of archival materials intercut with evocative live cinematography, and on-camera observations.

“JAZZ is the best American documentary I have ever seen.” – New York Post

From Ken Burns.