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Launched this week, the Website for documentary-maker Ken Burns's latest series Jazz offers an in-depth "exploration of Jazz, America's greatest cultural achievement." This impressive site features biographies of nearly 100 musicians, culled from The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Each entry includes a short biographical sketch and a description of the musician's style; many also provide audio samples. The Jazz Lounge offers definitions of Jazz basics including improvisation, rhythm, and notation; samples of several styles of Jazz; and a virtual piano, which lets aspiring Jazz musicians learn about basic Jazz technics and use them to play along with "Mary Had a Little Lamb." The Jazz Exchange and Places, Spaces, and Changing Faces sections both provide information on the history of the music form. And, of course, the site offers information on the documentary, including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series, episode descriptions, interviews with Burns, and video clips of the show.
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