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Arts & Music » Music » Jazz

Jazz, A Film by Ken Burns

is the companion website to the Ken Burns PBS series that aired in January 2001. Explore cities and clubs where jazz developed; listen to excerpts of bebop, cool jazz and other styles; discover what makes jazz "jazz" and the theory behind the art form often called the purest expression of American democracy. The site provides biographies of nearly 100 musicians, transcripts of interviews that went into the making of the show, a "virtual piano," a study guide and more than a dozen lessons. (WETA, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

In jazz, composed music and improvised music merge in a unique fashion. It has been said that the best improvised music sounds composed, and that the best composed music sounds improvised.
Photo of Ella Fitzgerald.  Image courtesy of William Gottlieb

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