Episode 1 "Gumbo" [Beginnings to 1917] (2001)

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    Keith David

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    United Kingdom USA

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A ten-part television history of jazz, from its earliest roots in 19th century New Orleans to the present day. Features hundreds of rare and classic recordings and live performances, supported by extensive interviews, film and television footage and photographs. First broadcast on PBS in the US in 10 episodes in January 2001. The episode titles are: Gumbo (beginnings to 1917); The Gift (1917-1924); Our language (1924-1929); The True welcome (1929-1934); Swing: pure pleasure (1935-1937); Swing: the velocity of celebration (1937-1939); Dedicated to chaos (1940-1945); Risk (1945-1955); The Adventure (1956-1960); A Masterpiece by midnight (1960 to the present).

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