Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music

Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music


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It's no easy task summarizing the history of recorded jazz from 1917 to the present, but Ken Burns does a fine job of accomplishing just that on this five-disc overview of the music. From the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's "Livery Stable Blues" to Cassandra Wilson's "Death Letter Blues" this well-chosen survey documents the amazing evolution of our national art form. From blues to New Orleans-style to swing to bop to modern to free jazz and on to contemporary sounds, as well as many of the tangents within that broad spectrum, each idiom gets its due. The greatest musicians and some of their greatest musical moments are here: Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues," Duke Ellington's "Cotton Tail," Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing," and Miles Davis's "E.S.P.," are just a handful of the brilliant examples of jazz at its best. For those who love the music and those who are just getting their first taste of it, this box set is essential.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646143223
catalogNumber: 61432


Disc 1

  1. Stardust
  2. Soon One Mornin' (Death Come A-Creepin' in My Room)
  3. Memphis Blues
  4. Livery Stable Blues
  5. Charleston (South Carolina)
  6. Chimes Blues
  7. Backwater Blues
  8. The Pearls
  9. Dead Man Blues
  10. Wild Cat Blues
  11. Cake Walking Babies from Home
  12. Sugar Foot Stomp
  13. Heebie Jeebies
  14. Potato Head Blues
  15. West End Blues
  16. The Mooche
  17. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  18. Black Beauty
  19. Mood Indigo
  20. There Ain't No Sweet Man (Worth the Salt of My Tears)
  21. Singin' the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home)
  22. Riverboat Shuffle
  23. Hotter Than 'Ell
  24. I Got Rhythm

Disc 2

  1. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  2. Echoes of Harlem
  3. Moten Swing
  4. St. Louis Blues
  5. Ain't Misbehavin'
  6. For Dancers Only
  7. King Porter Stomp
  8. Rose Room
  9. Sing, Sing, Sing
  10. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  11. Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today)
  12. Lester Leaps In
  13. Oh, Lady Be Good
  14. Without Your Love
  15. Strange Fruit
  16. God Bless the Child
  17. Three Little Words
  18. Rebecca
  19. Harlem Congo
  20. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  21. Shine
  22. Dear Old Southland

Disc 3

  1. Body and Soul
  2. Cotton Tail
  3. Take the "A" Train
  4. Begin the Beguine
  5. In the Mood
  6. Well, Git It!
  7. Solitude
  8. Drum Boogie
  9. Salt Peanuts
  10. Groovin' High
  11. Koko
  12. Scrapple from the Apple
  13. Embraceable You
  14. GEt HAppy
  15. Epistrophy
  16. Straight, No Chaser
  17. Manteca
  18. Moon Dreams
  19. Just Friends
  20. Rockin' Chair
  21. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  22. Walking Shoes
  23. Fine and Mellow

Disc 4

  1. Doodlin'
  2. I Get a Kick out of You
  3. St. Thomas
  4. Django
  5. Take Five
  6. So What
  7. Giant Steps
  8. Rick Kick Shaw
  9. Chronology
  10. Original Faubus Fables
  11. Aknowledgement

Disc 5

  1. Hello, Dolly!
  2. Desafinado
  3. In a Sentimental Mood
  4. Tourist Point of View
  5. E.S.P.
  6. Spanish Key
  7. Birdland
  8. Mister Magic
  9. Rockit
  10. Un Ange en Danger
  11. Tanya
  12. Soon All Will Know
  13. Death Letter
  14. Take the "A" Train

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Bessie Smith   Track Performer
Big Joe Turner   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Daniel Ponce   Bata
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Chet Baker   Trumpet
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Danny Barker   Guitar
Count Basie   Piano
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Phil Bodner   Baritone Saxophone
Clifford Brown   Track Performer
Steve Brown   Bass
Dave Brubeck   Piano
Henry Busse   Trumpet
Charlie Byrd   Guitar
George Cables   Piano
Ron Carter   Track Performer
Casey   Guitar
Don Cherry   Cornemeuse
Charlie Christian   Electric Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Ted Curson   Trumpet
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Eric Dolphy   Alto Saxophone
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Mercer Ellington   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Freddie Green   Guitar
Bobby Hackett   Cornet
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Herbie Hancock   Keyboards,Mini Moog
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Billy Higgins   Drums
Earl Hines   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Dave Holland   Bass
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Bob James   Electric Piano
Harry James   Trumpet
James P. Johnson   Piano
Peter Johnson   Piano
Elvin Jones   Drums
Jo Jones   Drums
Duke Jordan   Piano
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
Gene Krupa   Drums
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Bill Laswell   Bass
Jimmie Lunceford   Conductor
Bennie Maupin   Bass
John McLaughlin   Guitar
Charles Mingus   Bass,Vocals
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone
Modern Jazz Quartet   Track Performer
Joe Morello   Drums
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
King Oliver   Cornet
Kid Ory   Trombone
Jaco Pastorius   Bass
Bud Powell   Piano
Django Reinhardt   Track Performer
Max Roach   Track Performer
Sonny Rollins   Track Performer
Artie Shaw   Track Performer
Horace Silver   Track Performer
Art Tatum   Track Performer
Ethel Waters   Track Performer
Paul Whiteman   Track Performer
Cassandra Wilson   Track Performer
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Aaron Bell   Bass
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Joe Darensbourg   Clarinet
Eddie Edwards   Trombone
Ziggy Elman   Trombone
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Klink   Tenor Saxophone
Hal McIntyre   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Louis Metcalf   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Sy Oliver   Trumpet
Tony Pastor   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Potter   Bass
Frankie Trumbauer   Track Performer
Chick Webb   Track Performer
Heine Beau   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Erskine Butterfield   Piano
Stan Freeman   Piano
Frank Froeba   Piano
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra   Track Performer
Original Dixieland Jazz Band   Track Performer
Mitch Miller   Oboe
Brown   Viola
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Guitar,Vocals
Coleman Hawkins   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
David Nadien   Violin
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Rafael Hernández   Trombone
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Jimmy Garrison   Bass,Vocals,Chant
Chano Pozo   Conga,Vocals
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Noble Sissle   Track Performer
Chuck Connors   Bass
McKibbon   Bass
Percy Heath   Bass
Don Alias   Conga
Denis Charles   Drums
Jimmy Blanton   Bass
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Kansas City 5, 6 & 7   Track Performer
Jimmy Miller   Guitar
MC Solaar   Track Performer
Alex Acuña   Drums
Moses Allen   Bass
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Gene Anderson   Piano,Celeste
William Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Louis Armstrong   Piano,Trumpet,Cornet
George Arus   Trombone
Ernest Ashley   Guitar
Avola   Guitar
Baby Dodds   Chimes,Drums
Manolo Badrena   Tambourine
Red Ballard   Trombone
John Barber   Tuba
Danny Barcelona   Drums
Art Baron   Trombone
Dallas Bartley   Bass
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Sidney Bechet   Soprano Saxophone
Bix Beiderbecke   Cornet
Michael Beinhorn   Mini Moog
Tex Beneke   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Leroy Berry   Guitar
John Best   Trumpet
Keter Betts   Bass
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Art Blakey   Drums
Lester Boone   Alto Saxophone
Claude Bowen   Trumpet
Russell Bowles   Trombone
Pete Briggs   Tuba
Harvey Brooks   Electric Bass
Ray Brown   Bass
Roland Bundock   Bass
Burness   Piano
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ernie Caceres   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Wayman Carver   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Earl Caruthers   Baritone Saxophone
Paul Chambers   Bass
Paul Chapman   Guitar
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Buddy Christian   Banjo
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Ornette Coleman   Saxophone
John Coltrane   Track Performer
Buster Cooper   Trombone
Armando Anthony Corea   Electric Piano
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Bert Curry   Alto Saxophone
Demas Dean   Trumpet
Buddy Deppenschmidt   Percussion,Drums
Kurt Dieterle   Violin
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey   Track Performer
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Duke Ellington   Piano
Eddie Durham   Guitar,Trombone
Honore Dutrey   Trombone
Max Ellen   Violin
Herschel Evans   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Fatool   Drums
Pierre Ferret   Guitar
Jackie Fields   Alto Saxophone
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Pops Foster   Bass
Hank Freeman   Alto Saxophone
Tommy Fulford   Piano
Eric Gale   Guitar
Tony Gattuso   Banjo
Joe Gayles   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Gladden   Drums
Harry Goodman   Bass
Wycliffe Gordon   Trombone
Chris Griffin   Truba
Dan Grissom   Alto Saxophone
Fred Guy   Banjo,Bass,Tuba
Charlie Haden   Bass
Hall   Bass
Tubby Hall   Drums
Lil Hardin   Piano
Earl Hardy   Trombone
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Roy Haynes   Drums
Arthur Herbert   Drums
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Andrew Hilaire   Drums
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Homer Hobson   Trumpet
Max Hollander   Violin
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Darnell Howard   Clarinet
Clyde Hurley   Trumpet
Marion Hutton   Vocals
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Preston Jackson   Trombone
Rudy Jackson   Clarinet
George James   Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Otis Johnson   Trumpet
Walter Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Ted Kelly   Trombone
Joe Keyes   Trumpet
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band   Track Performer
Gary King   Bass
Wilbert Kirk   Drums
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Manny Klein   Trumpet
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Harold Kohon   Violin
Billy Kyle   Piano
Jack Lacey   Trombone
John Lamb   Bass
Cliff Leeman   Drums
John Lindsay   Bass
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
John Malachi   Piano
Joseph Malin   Violin
Wynton Marsalis   Track Performer
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Harvey Mason   Drums
Mastern   Trombone
George Matthews   Trombone
John Mayfield   Trombone
Charles McCracken   Cello
Murray McEachern   Trombone
"Big" Mike McKendrick   Banjo,Guitar
Teddy McRae   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Mertz   Piano
Glenn Miller   Track Performer
Dan Minor   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk   Track Performer
Eustis Moore   Alto Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
George Morrow   Bass
Sam Musiker   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Buell Neidlinger   Bass
Norris   Guitar
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Beverly Peer   Bass
Ronnie Perry   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Moe Purtill   Drums
Henry W. Ragas   Piano
Zilner Randolph   Trumpet
Bill Rank   Trombone
Milt Raskin   Piano
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer
Grover Washington   Track Performer
Kevin Breit   Banjo,Electric Guitar
Jimmy Blake   Trumpet
Elmer Chambers   Trumpet
Ralph Escudero   Bass
Kenneth Hollon   Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Thomas Morris   Cornemeuse
Roy Bargy   Piano
Herbert Cowans   Drums
Charlie Green   Trombone
Elmer James   Bass
James Reese Europe   Conductor
Walter Bates   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Biondi   Guitar
Gene Byrd   Rhythm Guitar
Carroll Dickerson   Violin
Jack Fulton   Vocals
Will Johnson   Guitar
Inc. Jones-Smith   Track Performer
Jay Kelliher   Trombone
Milton Lomask   Violin
Matty Malneck   Violin
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Chuck Peterson   Trumpet
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Irene Daye   Vocals
Jimmy Carroll   Conductor
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers   Track Performer
Bennie Moten & the Kansas City Orchestra   Track Performer
Benny Goodman Sextet   Track Performer
Bud Powell Trio   Track Performer
Dave Brubeck Quartet   Track Performer
John Coltrane Quartet   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Miles Davis Quintet   Track Performer
Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers   Track Performer
Clarence Williams' Blue Five   Track Performer
Charlie Alexander   Piano
Bill Johnson   Banjo
Jungle Band   Track Performer
Mancy Carr   Banjo
Manny Gershman   Alto Saxophone
Jesús Hernández   Reeds
Boyce Cullen   Trombone
Jimmy McLin   Guitar
Ernie Powell   Alto Saxophone
Wilbur Hall   Trombone
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Clarence Brereton   Trumpet
Frank Brieff   Viola
Baby Cox   Vocals
Charles Gaylord   Violin,Vocals
Bronislaw Gimpel   Violin
Chummy MacGregor   Piano
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
Chet Hazlett   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Rube Crozier   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Jones   Trumpet
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Richie Powell   Piano
Otto Hardwick   Soprano Saxophone
Dave Jacobs   Trombone
Hal McLean   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Mario Perry   Violin
Jake "Vernon" Porter   Trumpet,Cornet
Buddy Bastien   Bass
Don Murray   Clarinet (Tenor)
Chester Burrill   Trombone
Oscar Madera   Violin
Howard E. Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven   Track Performer
Antonio Gonzales   Reeds
Mark Peterson   Bass
George Mitchell   Cornet
Lee Perry   Tuba
Bobby Johnson   Guitar
Ed Brown   Alto Saxophone
Arturo Ayala   Reeds
Frank De Broit   Trumpet,Cornet
Amos Gillard   Trombone
Karl Kenny   Drums
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet   Track Performer
Cecil Taylor Trio   Track Performer
Miles Davis Sextet   Track Performer
Miles Davis Nonet   Track Performer
Charlie Parker Quintet   Track Performer
Charlie Parker's Re-Boppers   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five   Track Performer
Jim Europe's Infantry Band   Track Performer
Quartet Du Hot Club De France   Track Performer
Eddie Crumbley   Trombone
Keith David   Narrator
Ray Eberie   Vocals
Leigh Knowles   Trumpet
Richard Fisher   Guitar
Joseph Nanton   Trombone
Ward "Dope" Andrews   Trombone
Calvin Jones   Piccolo
Frank Miller   Cello
Herb Flemming   Trombone
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Big Joe Turner   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Count Basie   Arranger,Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Roy Eldridge   Composer
Gil Fuller   Arranger,Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bob James   Arranger
James P. Johnson   Composer
Thad Jones   Arranger
Gene Krupa   Composer
Bill Laswell   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Horace Henderson   Arranger
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger,Composer
Boyd Raeburn   Advisor
W.C. Handy   Composer
Van Alexander   Arranger
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Mary McCreary   Composer
Matt Glaser   Advisor
Chano Pozo   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Michael Beinhorn   Composer,Dmx
Billie Holiday   Composer
Marty Bloom   Sound Effects
Lew Brown   Composer
Donald Byrd   Composer
Ken Burns   Director,Producer
Bill Challis   Arranger
Kenny Clarke   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Stanley Crouch   Advisor
Michael Cuscuna   Advisor
Duke Ellington   Composer
Eddie Durham   Arranger,Composer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Walter Fuller   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Gary Giddins   Advisor
Jerry Gray   Arranger
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
John Lange   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Marvin Lee   Composer
Fud Livingston   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Buster Moten   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
William Salter   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Vic Schoen   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Allen Lowe   Advisor
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Peter Miller   Producer
Art Hickman   Composer
Jimmy Carroll   Arranger
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Elton Hill   Arranger
Chummy MacGregor   Composer
David Berger   Director
Tom Evered   Advisor
Hollis King   Art Direction
Julie Dunfey   Advisor
Charlie Lourie   Advisor
Lynn Novick   Producer
Joe Young   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Ford Dabney   Composer
Newton Mendonça   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Ray Lopez   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
John Klenner   Composer
Fred Stryker   Composer
Henry Troy   Composer
Alcide "Yellow" Nunez   Composer
Chris Smith   Composer
Harry Williams   Composer
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Michael Chertok   Advisor
James Lincoln Collier   Advisor
Dayton Duncan   Advisor
Gerald Early   Advisor
Victoria Gohl   Producer
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Lewis Allan   Composer
Robin D.G. Kelley   Advisor
Anita Gonzales   Composer
Edwing B. Edwards   Composer

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Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
amazing. so worth the money that it is unbelievable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had originally bought this over a year ago from Best Buy (-trust me it's much cheaper here-) and I absolutely love this. It's got so much to offer, and it's really worth it. The songs are really good, and sound great. This is great for longtime lovers of this style of music, or just those who are now finding the style.
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