Kenneth Lauren "Ken" Burns (born July 29, 1953) is an author, director and producer of documentary films, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs.

His most widely known documentaries, besides Jazz (2001), are The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), , The War (2007), The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Central Park Five (2012), and The Roosevelts (2014).

The Book and the FilmEdit

  • Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns: Jazz: a history of America's music. Alfred A. Knopf, 07.11.2000 - Pages 489. Paperback 2002 - Pages: 512. ISBN 978-0-679-76539-4
  • Kenneth Burns, Geoffrey Ward: Jazz. Eine Musik und ihre Geschichte. Econ Verlag, München. 2001. ISBN 9783430116091, 512 Seiten


Each two-hour episode of the ten episodes of the film Jazz covered a different era:

Episode Original air date[1] Time period Personalities Themes
Gumbo January 8, 2001 to 1917 Sidney Bechet, Buddy Bolden, Freddie Keppard, Jelly Roll Morton, James Reese Europe, Nick LaRocca Blues, Louisiana Creole Music, Minstrel shows, New Orleans Jazz, Original Dixieland Jass Band, Ragtime
The Gift January 9, 2001 1917–1924 Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, James Reese Europe, Fletcher Henderson, James P. Johnson, King Oliver, Willie Smith, Paul Whiteman Chicago Jazz, Harlem Renaissance, New Orleans jazz, World War I
Our Language January 10, 2001 1924–1928 Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Artie Shaw, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters Cotton Club, Harlem Renaissance, Savoy Ballroom
The True Welcome January 15, 2001 19291935 Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, John Hammond, Fletcher Henderson, Billy Rose, Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Chick Webb Great Depression, Lindy Hop, Swing music
Swing: Pure Pleasure January 17, 2001 19351937 Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Jimmie Lunceford, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Chick Webb, Teddy Wilson Discrimination in public accommodations, Great Depression, Savoy Ballroom, Swing music
Swing: The Velocity of Celebration January 22, 2001 19371939 Count Basie, Harry Edison, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones, Chick Webb, Mary Lou Williams, Lester Young Great Depression, Kansas City jazz, Swing music
Dedicated to Chaos January 23, 2001 19401945 Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller, Charlie Parker, Django Reinhardt, Artie Shaw, Billy Strayhorn, Ben Webster Bebop, racism, Swing music, World War II
Risk January 24, 2001 19451956 Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Paul Desmond, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Norman Granz, Billie Holiday, John Lewis, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker Bebop, drug abuse, West Coast jazz
The Adventure January 29, 2001 19561961 Louis Armstrong, Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz
A Masterpiece by Midnight January 30, 2001 19612001 Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor Bossa nova, civil rights movement, Jazz fusion

("Episode Descriptions" in: Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns website. Arlington, Virginia: PBS)


Look on Kens site for the biographies of …

As he says

  • Everyone has a story to tell. Dive into the bios to learn about the lives of nearly 100 premiere artists in the field of Jazz music.

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