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Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Five: Swing: Pure Pleasure (Film)
  • Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns is an exploration of one of the defining art forms of America. From Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong, Jazz traces the people and cultures of the music from its very origins in New Orleans. Following its progression through two World Wars, a Great Depression, and economic boom times all the way up to today, Ken Burns paints a rich and complete picture of the evolution of jazz music.

This episode jumps in as the Great Depression drags on and jazz comes as close as it has ever come to being America’s popular music. It has a new name, Swing, and for millions of young fans, it will be the defining music of their generation. 

The National Archives is also screening Episodes OneTwo, Three, Four, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten as part of Jazz at the National Archives. You can purchase the entire series on DVD from the myArchives Store; members receive a 10% discount.

Jazz logo large greyJazz at the National Archives is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives through the generous support of Natixis Global Asset Management.

Reserve a seat

All public programs at the National Archives are free. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.