January 19, 2001, 12:00 AM

Amazon.com and filmmaker Ken Burns launch jazz store

Don Davis

Editor in Chief

In anticipation of the January 2001 PBS broadcast of Ken Burns's new documentary, Jazz, Amazon.com, today launched a special Ken Burns's Jazz Store, created in partnership with the documentary filmmaker. Beginning on PBS on January 8, 2001, Burns's 10-part documentary will examine the evolution of jazz and its artists, from its beginnings in the dance halls, saloons, and street parades of New Orleans in the early 20th century to its current renaissance. Amazon.com's music store will feature

-- Video streams of Burns talking about the making of the series and each episode
-- Burns's personally recommended CD sampler representing the genre's best artists and recordings
-- Best-of compilations of 22 jazz performers from the Jazz documentary, including Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald
-- A five-CD box, Ken Burns Jazz -- Story of America, representing the history of jazz from Louis Armstrong to Cassandra Wilson
-- The series companion book, Jazz: An Illustrated History, by Burns and long time collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward
-- The ability to pre-order the Jazz series videos in advance of the PBS television debut in 2001 (release date: January 2)
-- Recommended recordings for 48 jazz greats featured in the series, selected by Amazon.com's editors


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