"The best American documentary I have ever seen"
New York Post
Possibly the most detailed examination of a musical genre, this documentary, produced over a six-year period, comes from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns.
The series shows there is far more to jazz than just the music. It is a whole social phenomenon that reflected and helped shape the 20th century, especially for African Americans on the path to emancipation in what was still a segregated society. Produced by Lynn Novick and Ken Burns, Jazz is structured chronologically, following the progress of both the music and society.
Detailed and engaging portraits of the greatest figures in jazz stand as landmarks in a compelling, emotional and dramatic combination of archival materials, evocative live cinematography and personal recollections of those involved.
Airing Saturday and Sundays at 8.30pm from Saturday 10 March, this 12-part series is a stunning study of the most exciting musical periods of modern times.
Ken Burns Jazz is now available to buy on DVD here.