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Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than twenty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. Mark Twain, a two-part, four-hour portrait of one of America's funniest and most popular writers, was co-produced with Ken's long-time collaborator Dayton Duncan and aired on PBS in January, 2002. In January, 2001, JAZZ, the third in Ken's trilogy of epic documentaries, which began with The Civil War and continued with Baseball, was broadcast on PBS. Co-produced with Lynn Novick, this 19-hour, ten-part film explored in detail the culture, politics and dreams that gave birth to jazz music, and follows this most American of art forms from its origins in blues and ragtime through swing, bebop and fusion. Jack Newfield of the New York Post said: "JAZZ is the best American documentary film I have ever seen. Period." NBC’s Tom Brokaw wrote: "JAZZ is a masterpiece of American television." John Carmen of The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: "JAZZ informs, astonishes, and entertains. It invites joy, tears, toe-tapping, pride, and shame and maybe an occasional goose bump." JAZZ premiered on PBS in January of 2001.

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