Episode Two, The Gift

DVD - 2004
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From 1917 through 1924 the "Jazz Age" begins with speakeasies, flappers and easy money for some. The story of jazz becomes a tale of two cities, Chicago and New York and of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, whose lives and music will span three-quarters of a century. This episode also follows the careers of jazz greats James Reese Europe, King Oliver, Willie Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman and James P. Johnson.


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Sep 27, 2016

VERY GOOD Episode 2 of fine, fun Ken Burns series. Lots of great film, photos, music, etc. as this episode centers on Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington as jazz develops in Chicago, New York with influences from New Orleans.

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