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Video: Wynton and Ken Burns at Charlie Rose Show

On January 8, 2001, Wynton was invited at the Charlie Rose Show for a discussion about the documentary “Jazz”, with filmmaker Ken Burns. Wynton served as a senior creative consultant for the film.
The film, divided into a series of 10 episodes, tells the story of jazz music in America through individual musicians including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk.
The Charlie Rose Show made this video available a few days ago. Enjoy it.

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  1. In PIJ (our book club) we studied the influence of Armstrong’s “Jewish family” on his upbringing and music. Hopefully if there is a sequel these influences can be more fully documented. G.

    gloria on Sep 30th, 2007 at 5:00am

  2. There is no mention in the documentary about Louis Armstrong’s Jewish foster parents giving him his first trumpet, bringing him to synagogue, or exposing him to the klezmer bands of the 1920s. It is clear that Armstrong takes his early big band inspiration from Jewish groups like Arthur Pryor’s Band.

    Also, there is only passing mention of other Jewish folks such as Benny Goodman.

    Clearly jazz is more than just Black music, but you wouldn’t know it seeing Ken Burns’ documentary.

    David Kaye on Sep 28th, 2007 at 5:38am

  3. hola pues solo quiero saludar al maestro wynton marsalis, espero que se encuentre bien de salud y pues que siga como esta y pues mejor aun en la parte musical….

    pues solo quisiera que ud maestro me diera unos concejitos mas utiles para seguir tocando. llevo 4 años tocando mi trompeta y pues quisiera mejorar aun mas.. mi edad es de 20 años y vivo en colombia en la ciudad de zipaquira

    gracias maestro por su gran ayuda . lo escucho mucho y trato de similar su sonido me `parece fenomenal

    gracias y hasta pronto exitos

    jose luis puentes on Sep 8th, 2007 at 2:51pm

  4. Right! Along these terms, JAZZ achieves the objective of documenting the timeline of jazz.

    In its brief history, jazz has defined the generations that created it. Ken Burns’ explanation that objectivity for filming requires 25 years makes sense as to the reason this review ended in the 1970’s. It’s time for an update!

    The efforts of Jazz at Lincoln Center to promote retrospectives and new talent demonstrates a commitment to the ever-evolving art.

    An added link to a comparison with democracy would include the inability to censor jazz across any demographic and geographic boundaries. Glo.

    gloria on Sep 3rd, 2007 at 4:00am

  5. I think that there is a basic assertion behind a lot of what Wynton has done and is doing. The intelligence of jazz reflects the culture of America and the cultural practioneers who embody the form, regardless of race, gender, economic class, or social conditioning. This Freedom that America promises is inherent in all cultural forms native to our land, this artistry is a development of each musician’s distinctive intelligence and the expression of that intelligence. Acknowledgement of this fact lends dignity to the people who struggled during certain dark social times of our nation, and of humanity overall.

    Karen on Sep 1st, 2007 at 12:08pm