Tag: Duke Ellington

Ken Burns JAZZ Part III

Earlier this month, you read a review of the second episode of the Ken Burns film JAZZ. On to part three! The third episode delves into the Harlem Renaissance, in which culture blossomed in the New York City neighborhood. Mostly Black musicians entertained Blacks and Whites alike in separate venues in Harlem’s heavily segregated speakeasies.…
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Ken Burns’s Jazz Part II

In January, I reviewed the first episode of Ken Burns’s 2001 documentary¬†JAZZ. Today, I continue with episode two,¬†The Gift. One of the best anecdotes in the episode is the story of Louis Armstrong’s first record, made with King Oliver’s Band. Before microphones, musicians stood around a horn like the one on a phonograph to record.…
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