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        Jazz | Ken Burns: Jazz

        View images of legendary Jazz bands and 20th century performers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and more. Jazz is an original American form of music that favors improvisational performance. It originated in the 19th and early 20th centuries in New Orleans, where a richly diverse community of African Americans and other immigrant communities lived and mixed their musical traditions. Jazz grew out of a recombination of influences from these cultures in the African American community. It caught fire in Prohibition-era speakeasies in the 1920s, which became known as “The Jazz Age.” 

        Jazz Band | Ken Burns: Jazz

        A jazz band plays at the Blue Room. Source: Kansas City Jazz Museum.

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        Black Troops in the Navy Band | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Black troops in the United States Navy Band. Source: Kansas City Jazz Museum.

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        Black Troops Fighting in WWI | Ken Burns: Jazz

        The 369th Infantry, known as the "Harlem Hellfighters," on the Western Front in World War I. Source: National Archives & Record Administration.

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        Imperial Laundry, 1930s | Ken Burns: Jazz

        The Imperial Laundry in the 1930s. Source: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

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        Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Source: Frank Driggs Collection.

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        Charlie Parker and Sidney Bechet | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Charlie Parker and Sidney Bechet. Source: Frank Driggs Collection.

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        Dancers at the Savoy Ballroom | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Dancers at the Savoy Ballroom, Harlem. Source: Charles Peterson.

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        DJ Spinning Records | Ken Burns: Jazz

        A DJ spins records. Source: University of Missouri.

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        Savoy Ballroom at Night | Ken Burns: Jazz

        An image of the Savoy Ballroom at night. Source: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

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        The Village Gate | Ken Burns: Jazz

        The Village Gate. Source: Frank Driggs Collection.

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        Chicago at Night | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Chicago at night. Source: Chicago Historical Society.

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        Duke Ellington | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Duke Ellington smoking a cigarette.

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        Duke Ellington at the Hurricane Club | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Duke Ellington at the Hurricane Club, 1943. Photo credit: Gordon Parks (1912-2006). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Benny Goodman in "Stage Door Canteen" | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Screenshot of Benny Goodman from the 1943 film, "Stage Door Canteen."

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        Dizzy Gillespie in Concert | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Dizzy Gillespie performing at a 1991 concert in Normandy, France. Photo credit: Roland Godefroy.

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        Louis Armstrong Playing Trumpet | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Louis Armstrong playing trumpet, 1953. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Artie Shaw Playing Clarinet | Ken Burns: Jazz

        Screenshot of Artie Shaw playing clarinet in his "Concerto for Clarinet" from the 1940 film, "Second Chorus."

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