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Video Collection: Jazz Music

“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life”, said jazz legend Art Blakey. Although jazz is a difficult music genre to describe, it is also very recognizable. First developed around the 1920’s, this rich and diverse music genre has influenced and continues to influence the world today. Therefore on this day International Jazz Day is celebrated. A day to raise awareness to the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, a force for peace, unity and dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.

In this video collection we show video clips around all that has to do with jazz music, from 1951 to 1989. A collection of six videos from the EUscreen portal featuring an abundance of jazz music!

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Louis Armstrong visits Paris

The Palais des Sports became an auditorium to host a jazz concert and theater performance.

Provider: INA, France – 1960

Sarah Vaughan and her band

An astonishing performance by Sarah Vaughan, where she sings the infamous: ” Somewhere over the rainbow”.

Provider: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Netherlands – 1958

An interview with Ray Charles

Ray Charles talks about the differences in performances and its audiences in America and Europe.

Provider: RTBF, Belgium – 1962

Jazz in the convent

The Institute of Piarists Fathers in Rome formed an orchestra of light jazz music.

Provider: LUCE, Italy – 1960

Oscar Peterson in Dublin

An interview with Oscar Paterson about his concert in Dublin.

Provider: RTÉ, Ireland – 1964

A performance by Claude Nougaro

The eccentric Claude Nougaro, who brought jazz and java together, is filmed during rehearsal.

Provider: INA, France – 1969

The 13th International Jazz Festival in Ljubljana

A report of the 13th edition of the International Jazz Festival in 1972.

Provider: RTV SLO, Slovenia – 1972

A concert of jazz in Milan

Young people playing jazz and dancing in Milan in 1951.

Provider: LUCE, Italy – 1951

Miriam Makeba: singer, actress and civil-rights activist

A pioneer for South African music, Miriam Makeba, talks about her view on world music.

Provider: RTBF, Belgium – 1989