Masters of American Music is an award-winning television series - as entertaining as it is educational & memorable, celebrating a pantheon of the greatest innovators in Jazz. Individual programs trace the lives & works of master musicians who defined the course of America's classical music. From its birth in New Orleans, to swing, big bands, bebop, free Jazz & beyond - all is explored with sensitivity & unique depth. Over 80 interviews were filmed in the making of the series. Featured artists come to life through these interviews, exciting rare performances, period footage & vintage photographs meticulously reproduced. Both the video & audio content has been restored & re-mastered in accordance with state-of-the-art specifications. Includes Lady Day / The Many Faces of Billie Holiday, Celebrating Bird / The Triumph of Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan / The Divine One, Thelonious Monk / American Composer and The Story of Jazz.
Masters Of American Music The Story Of Jazz may be the most concise informative documentary on jazz to date. Five discs consisting of six and a half hours of material is presented in concise, informative segments. Comparisons to Ken Burns Jazz are inevitable, but unnecessary. This documentary combines extremely rare footage of performances and interviews to analyze the evolution of jazz and highlight four of its icons. Originally a television 'mini-series', the release of this limited edition digitally re-mastered set is good news for the world of jazz.
Masters Of American Music The Story Of Jazz is a treasure. The mono sound is surprisingly clear and subtle. For anyone who is a jazz fan, this will be a welcome addition to their collection. For those looking to discover jazz for the first time, there is no better way to start. --Michael Bloom Media Relations, Robbie Gerson