For all the furor that followed Ken Burns Jazz documentary, few if any of his critics objected to his setting the narrative exclusively within the borders of the United States. But almost from its beginnings, jazz was of the world, thanks to a burgeoning record industry that was global in scope. That means there is not just one history of jazz but many. As each nation adopted jazz, a new history of the music was born, unique to that country. France has a long history of engagement with both jazz and prejazz forms, and Paris Jazz seeks to tell the story of jazz in France through its clubs and theaters.
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