Ken Burns follows the growth and development of jazz music.


  • The Adventure

    Currents of change in American now impact Jazz.
  • Risk

    The postwar years bring America to a level of prosperity unimaginable a decade before.
  • Swing: The Velocity of Celebration

    A new sound emerges- pulsing, stomping, suffused with the blues.
  • Swing: Pure Pleasure

    As the Depression drags on, jazz comes as close as ever to being America's music
  • The True Welcome

    Jazz is called upon to lift the spirits of a frightened country.
  • Our Language

    As the stock market continues to soar, jazz is everywhere in America
  • The Gift

    Louis Armstrong shows the whole world how to swing.
  • Gumbo

    JAZZ begins in New Orleans, nineteenth century America's most cosmopolitan city.

About Jazz

Jazz has been called the purest expression of American democracy; a music built on individualism and compromise, independence and cooperation. Ken Burns follows the growth and development of jazz music from the gritty streets of New Orleans to Chicago's south side, the speakeasies of Kansas city and to Times Square.