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Summary: Saxophonist, composer, and band leader John Coltrane has been almost as popular in death as he was during his lifetime. The prolific jazzman passed away at 40, but left a legacy of influential musical work. This documentary delves into Coltrane's beginnings starting with his childhood in North Carolina, displays some stellar live performances, including rare footage of Coltrane during his stint...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: BMG Special Products 2002

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC WOR

Messenger, Bill.

Summary: Presents an overview of jazz, its elements, and its history. Includes performances by various jazz artists.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Teaching Co. 1998

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 781.65 MES

Summary: The flowering of the Jazz Age is a tale of two great cities, Chicago and New York, and two extraordinary artists whose achievements spanned nearly three-quarters of a century. Louis Armstrong was a fatherless waif who grew up on the rough streets of New Orleans, developing his extraordinary gifts before moving to Chicago, where his transcendent sound inspired a new generation of musicians. Duke...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2000

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Summary: During the early 20th century, Washington, D.C., was the cultural capital of black America. Prefiguring Harlem in the 1920s, D.C.'s Uptown area nurtured dynamic figures such as Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Mary Church Terrell, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Dr. Charles Drew. In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith tells the often-overlooked story of the heyday,...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Best known for its flappers, gangsters, and jazz, the Roaring Twenties was also an era of social tensions and political change. This program is a time capsule of a boisterous era that began with a surge of hope and ended on the verge of the Great Depression. Topics include the presidencies of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, the post-World War I "return to normalcy," the economic boom and...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: This Bill Moyers program features news correspondent Richard Strout, who covered Washington and the White House from 1925 to his retirement in 1984. Strout's reports, filed for the Christian Science Monitor and The New Republic, are studied here not only as chronicles of American history but as milestones circumscribing our nation's capital-and its evolution from a "small town" to the nerve...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Baraka, Amiri

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: William Morrow 1999

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.643 JON

Summary: Taking viewers back to the Roaring Twenties, this program examines the Broadway of the Jazz Age-the era of Runnin' Wild, George White Scandals, and Shuffle Along, which helped reopen Broadway's doors to African-American artists. The film also features unique talents like the Marx Brothers, Al Jolson, the Gershwin brothers, and the songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. But the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2004

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Grella, George

Summary: It was 1969, and Miles Davis, prince of cool, was on the edge of being left behind by a dynamic generation of young musicians, an important handful of whom had been in his band. Rock music was flying off in every direction, just as America itself seemed about to split at its seams. Following the circumscribed grooves and ambiance of In A Silent Way; coming off a tour with a burning new...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bloomsbury Academic 2015

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Summary: The 20th century began with enormous hopes for a future made safe and humane by technology. Although it realized some of these hopes, the century neared its end under the shadow of superweapons that still threaten the earth with annihilation. In this program, Bill Moyers traces the evolution of three instruments that enabled combatants to mass-produce death-the machine gun, the submarine, and...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: The story of jazz begins in New Orleans, 19th-century America's most cosmopolitan city. Here, in the 1890s, African-American artists created a new music out of ragtime syncopations, Caribbean rhythms, marching band instrumentation, and the soulful feeling of the blues. This program introduces the pioneers of this revolutionary art form: half-mad cornet player Buddy Bolden, pianist Jelly Roll...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2000

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Summary: The outbreak of World War II saw two motion picture experts from Germany and the United States battle each other with as much ferocity as any army or navy. Their respective missions: to ignite a public desire to wage and win a global conflict. This Bill Moyers program contains an interview with Fritz Hippler, chief filmmaker for the Nazi Party. Hippler unrepentantly claims to have spoken to the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Hentoff, Nat.

Summary: A collection of essays, interviews, and personal recollections in which Nat Hentoff reflects on the inside history of jazz music and the people who shaped its development.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: University of California Press 2010

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.6509 HEN

Summary: Danger has always surrounded the coal miner's profession, but in the early years of the Colorado coal fields, it was almost as risky for a worker to stay above ground and face the wrath of the company as it was to toil in the tunnels below. This Bill Moyers program presents the memories of the people who worked those mines, freeing the rocks, metals, and minerals on which much of 20th-century...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: For African-Americans, the 20th century was fraught with contrasts. There was the glowing promise of equality in the nation's charters and there was the actual bigotry that shadowed and shrank that promise. In this program, Bill Moyers is joined by a distinguished couple who have long spoken for black aspirations-Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Together they re-create, in dramatic dialogue and often...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: In 1911, the first newsreels flickered in America's nickelodeons. In the mid-1960s, they vanished from movie theaters as nightly television newscasts came to dominate visual journalism. In between, newsreels grew into a unique 20th-century institution that informed and entertained whole generations. In this program, Bill Moyers conducts a tour of the cultural and political landscape so...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: Episode 1. Jazz is born in New Orleans at the turn of the century emerging from several forms of music including ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, creole music, funeral parade music and above all, the blues. Musicians profiled here who advanced early jazz are Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Freddie Keppard, and musicians of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: PBS Home Video 2004

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV JAZ

Summary: With Black Thursday, and the collapse of the stock market, America heads into the Great Depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt builds a New Deal, while, overseas, Adolf Hitler rises to power and invades Poland. Responding to Pearl Harbor, the worst attack in American history to that time, FDR guides the nation through World War II.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2002

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Dillon, Leo.

Summary: Synopsis: If you have ever been lucky enough to hear great jazz, then you will understand the pure magic of this book. Leo and Diane Dillon use bright colors and musical patterns that make music skip off the page in this toe-tapping homage to many jazz greats. From Miles Davis and Charlie Parker to Ella Fitzgerald, here is a dream team sure to knock your socks off. Learn about this popular...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Blue Sky Press 2007

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1 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: JE DIL

Summary: Listening to our Past is a piecing together of the family histories of four of the series participants. The episode explores the post-World War I “Great Migration” of African-Americans from the South to northern cities like Detroit and Chicago, as well as those who stayed in the South during the period of Jim Crow segregation. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. also begins an intriguing examination of his...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Seabiscuit’s fame as a champion racehorse was unexpected yet it was timely. In the 1930s, when American’s longed to escape the grim realities of the Great Depression, Seabiscuit became the working man’s hero. Despite his boxy build, stumpy legs, scraggly tail, and ungainly gait, he was one of the most remarkable Thoroughbred racehorses in history. Seabiscuit, from the PBS American...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Saint or Sinner? Sister Aimee, a part of the PBS American Experience collection, tells the dramatic life story of Aimee Semple McPherson— the controversial, charismatic, and wildly popular evangelist (reportedly drawing bigger crowds than P. T. Barnum and Harry Houdini) and her instrumental role in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture and American politics in the 1920s...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: In 1931, the rains stopped. Soon, blinding black dirt swept across the southern plains of America. Acres of crops withered and died as over-plowing created conditions for disaster: tiny dust particles invading food, water, and the lungs of millions of animals and people alike. Less well-known than those who sought refuge in California—typified by the Joad family in John Steinbeck's “The Grapes...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: This Universal newsreel focuses on a Nazi SA parade. Berlin, Germany: An unprecedented display of power and organization by the brown-shirted forces of the German Chancellor marks the final pre-election activities of the Social Democrats, with long columns of uniformed men in spirited procession down Unter den Linden from Brandenburg Gate to the Lustgarten, with Swastika banners fluttering over...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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