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|| Commentary, Wynton Marsalis, Lester Bowie, Joshua Redman, Abbey Lincoln, Herbie Hancock, Matt Glaser, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Arvell Shaw, Gerald Early, Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch, Phoebe Jacobs, Michael Cuscuna, Joe Lovano, Mercedes Ellington, John Sanders, George Wein, Jackie McLean, Nat Hentoff ; narrator, Keith David.
|| In the 1960s jazz fragments into the avant-garde and many divided schools of thought. Many jazz musicians like Dexter Gordon are forced to leave America in search of work while other use the music as a form of social protest: Max Roach, Charles Mingus, and Archie Shepp make overtly political musical statements. John Coltrane appeals to a broad audience before his untimely death. Saxophonist Stan Getz helps boost a craze for bossa nova music, but in the early 1970s jazz founders Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington pass away. Miles Davis leads a movement of jazz musicians who incorporate elements of rock and soul into their music and "fusion" wins listeners. By the mid-1980's jazz begins to bounce back led by Wynton Marsalis and a new generation of musicians. Now as it approaches its centennial, jazz is still alive, still changing and still swinging.