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A dream come true for jazz lovers-get this for yourself or for whoever's even a bigger jazz junkie than you! Here are all nine DVDs from the first Jazz Icons series, spotlighting Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Chet Baker.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Jazz Icons
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 595 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2K9GU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Carl C on December 31, 2006
Format: DVD
To be able to see and hear the greatest names in Jazz in their prime is almost magical.Basie, Ella, Dizzy, Chet Baker, Buddy Rich The Jazz Messengers, Louis Amstrong and Thelonious Monk. Can you believe it? What a great find. As I watch and listen to each of these DVD's I am continuously impressed. The sound and reproduction from concerts and TV shows done in the 60's and 70's is terrific. The beauty of it is that we even get to see what the European TV viewer in many cases did not see, because these are from the original tapes or films BEFORE they were edited for TV . In some cases they were never even broadcast at all.
Watch the expression on Buddy Rich's face as he drives and swings his band (in color) with unbelievable energy. See Chet Baker in his youth as you probably never got to see him at that time, that is, even if you were born then. Catch a great blues singer (I was never familiar with her), Irene Reid on the Count Basie DVD. Her performance of "Backwater Blues" and "ALEXANDERS Rag Time Band" will blow you away as it did the audience at the concert in '62. Watch Thelonious Monk, as you can actually SEE as well as hear, his unusual approach to the piano as he strikes each key in his own special way, and than does his little dance as he himself is completly captivated by the music. I guess I could go on and on about how great each performance is, but you will discover that for yourself when you listen to this beautiful collection of DVD's. Even if you don't go for the whole collection, you got to find something here that you find alluring enough to own.
Just a word to the people that discovered and put this collection together; David Peck,Phillip Gallaway, Mika Peck, and TDK records Thank you ever so much.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Kingsley on November 8, 2006
Format: DVD
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers * Live in '58
Dizzy Gillespie * Live in '58 & '70
Louis Armstrong * Live in '59
Quincy Jones * Live in '60
Thelonious Monk * Live in '66
Buddy Rich * Live in '78
Ella Fitzgerald * Live in '57 & '63
Count Basie * Live in '62
Chet Baker * Live in '64 & '79

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"The release of Jazz Icons(tm) is like the unearthing of a musical time capsule--an audio-visual treasure trove of the music that changed the world. From Big Band and Bebop to Dixieland and Cool, it's all here and it all swings. These jazz legends, from Dizzy and Count to Louis and Ella, are the Bachs and Beethovens of our generation. From an educational standpoint this series is a gift to our culture. I'm honored to be a featured part of it, but I'm more thrilled just to sit down and watch it with my grandkids."
--Quincy Jones

"Louis Armstrong's sound transcends time and style. This DVD captures that intangible power and allows us to gaze upon it in wonder."
--Wynton Marsalis

"Amazing! To see the Art Blakey band playing "Moanin'" a month after I recorded them--it's like watching my own birth."
--Rudy Van Gelder
(engineer of the original Moanin' LP)

"These nine historic DVDs are among the most important visual/aural documents to be mined from the ever-yielding, seemingly hidden jazz treasury. Now, most importantly, they are available to the entire world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Neal on January 9, 2007
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I actually bought this for my stepfatherinlaw who is a retired music instructor and bandleader. He saw many of these performers live and believes these are very representative of the vigor and energy from their performances he saw here in the US. He has nothing but praise for these. I'm eagerly awaiting him to visit again so I can watch them too.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff VINE VOICE on December 26, 2007
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This release of high quality DVD's is the next best thing to a time machine for jazz fanatics. I had received this as a gift and set it aside late last year. For whatever reason, I sat down with a friend over a glass of wine recently and watched the Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk sessions.

They were fantastic. Understanding the limitations of the time (e.g., microphone technology, analog tape machines), they were obviously of high quality with very few artifacts from wear and tear. The camera work was very good, often extremely intimate, catching the musicians in an obvious labor of love.

There is not a bad session in the bunch. This is the perfect gift for anyone on your list who loves jazz. At around $15/hour, it beats the price of any serious jazz concerts I go to, plus you can play it again and again.

I recommend a purchase of this item wholeheartedly. Enjoy!

JazzIcons has just leased a second set of discs, and although I have not sampled them yet, I would expect the quality to be just as good. And there are some great artists in that second bunch as well.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judith Morgan on January 11, 2007
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the most appreciated xmas gift i've chosen in years.

An exceptional buy. thank you
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