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Swing: Pure Pleasure

As the Great Depression drags on, jazz comes as close as it has ever come to being America's popular music
S1 E5 Length 1:28:38 Premiere: 12.15.15

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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.

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Season 1 Episodes

A Masterpiece by Midnight

S1 E10 Length 1:48:32 Premiere Date 12.15.15

The Adventure

S1 E9 Length 1:54:32 Premiere Date 12.15.15


S1 E8 Length 1:58:35 Premiere Date 12.15.15

Dedicated to Chaos

S1 E7 Length 1:53:09 Premiere Date 12.13.15

Swing: The Velocity of Celebration

S1 E6 Length 1:39:45 Premiere Date 12.15.15

Swing: Pure Pleasure

S1 E5 Length 1:28:38 Premiere Date 12.15.15

The True Welcome

S1 E4 Length 1:58:57 Premiere Date 12.15.15

Our Language

S1 E3 Length 1:46:40 Premiere Date 12.15.15

The Gift

S1 E2 Length 1:48:52 Premiere Date 12.15.15


S1 E1 Length 1:21:48 Premiere Date 12.15.15

Louis Armstrong Returns to Europe

Clip Length 02:12 Premiere Date 1.6.12

The Savoy Ballroom

Clip Length 03:53 Premiere Date 1.6.12

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