This exciting companion book to the ten-part TV series "Jazz" by Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward will be treasured by both jazz musicians and jazz enthusiasts alike! The story of the birth of this American art form unfolds through the accomplishments of legendary jazz performers. Their lives were fascinating, and their music unforgettable. Twentieth-century America comes alive through the gripping personal histories of musicians like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and a host of others. Over 500 photographs reflect the story of this quintessential American music.