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Season 1

  • S01E01 Jazz Vocalists

    • October 2, 1980
    • PBS

    Explores the world of jazz vocalists - interspersing film clips of Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington with performances by Carmen McRae and Al Jarreau. After they sing, McRae and Jarreau talk about how they developed their individual styles.

  • S01E02 Gospel and Spirituals

    • October 9, 1980
    • PBS

    In a rater-raising service at Way of the Cross Church of Christ, Washington DC, Reverend James Cleveland, the DC Mass Choir, the Mighty Clouds of Joy and the church congregation leave no doubt about the invigorating effect of gospel music

  • S01E03 The Blues - Country Meets City

    • October 16, 1980
    • PBS

    Willie Dixon, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee perform and talk with Oscar Brown Jr. about the growth of the distinctive musical style called the blues

  • S01E04 West African Heritage

    • October 23, 1980
    • PBS

    Featuring performances by Hugh Masekela and the Wo'se Dance Theatre, host Oscar Brown Jr. examines the special role of music in African and Afro-American culture

  • S01E05 Early Jazz

    • October 30, 1980
    • PBS

    Jazz pioneers Alvin Alcorn and Roy Eldridge perform and talk with host Oscar Brown Jr. about the origins of their music. Also seen will be film clips and early photos telling the story of ragtime, the art form that grew from the music of the slaves.

  • S01E06 Dance to the Music

    • November 6, 1980
    • PBS

    Tracing black dance from the early days of cakewalks to modern times, this program features the Rod Rodgers Dance Troupe

  • S01E07 Jazz People

    • November 13, 1980
    • PBS

    Focusing on saxman Jackie McLean, James Moody and Dizzy Gillespie, this program examines the history of jazz from 1936 to present

  • S01E08 Black Music in Theater and Film

    • November 20, 1980
    • PBS

    Oscar Brown Jr. hosts Pearl Bailey to explore the role of music by black Americans in the evolution of theater and film. Performances by L.O. Sloane's high-spirited "Refined Jubilee Minstrels".

  • S01E09 Jazz Gets Blues

    • November 27, 1980
    • PBS

    Oscar Brown Jr. explores the relationship between jazz and blues with special guests Willie Dixon, Roy Eldridge and Jackie McLean

  • S01E10 Soul

    • December 4, 1980
    • PBS

    Stevie Wonder demonstrates the characteristics of soul music through performance

  • S01E11 Black Influence in the Recording Industry

    • December 11, 1980
    • PBS

    The trends in the recording industry influencing the creation and marketing of music by black Americans

  • S01E12 Rhythm and Blues

    • November 18, 1980
    • PBS

    The evolution of rhythm and blues and its impact on contemporary American music are traced. Guest performers are Bo Diddley and the Dells.

  • S01E13 Source of Soul

    • December 25, 1980
    • PBS

    Explores African musical patters retained by contemporary musicians. Guests include Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers and Babatunde Olatunji.