DVD: The Story Of Jazz

Story of Jazz.jpgMasters of American Music: The Story Of Jazz (Medici Arts). An opening montage cleverly synchronized to Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing” introduces the first in a series whose other initial subjects are Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. The programs ran on public television in the last century. It is good to have them revived on DVD with crisp picture and sound. The Story Of Jazz features superb performance clips, interesting interviews and a well-written script that has its share of clichés but blessedly few wrong facts.

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