Monday, November 7, 2011

Videos - The Year that Changed Jazz

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This one is for the music teachers, US History teachers, and lovers of jazz music. Today, through Open Culture I learned about a documentary titled 1959: The Year that Changed Jazz. The documentary was produced by the BBC. The documentary examines four musicians and the landmark albums they released in 1959. Those featured musicians and albums are Miles Davis: Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck: Time Out, Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um, and Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come.

As a former "band geek" (I played all of the brass instruments at one point or another, but really loved playing tuba in high school and college) I get excited about these types of documentaries. I watched the first segment, embedded below, and can't wait to watch the rest later this week.

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.