I don't know what it is about European TV documentaries on jazz, but I'm addicted to them. They always seem to bring so much intelligence and insight to the subject as well as a poetic tenderness that perfectly suits the featured music and musicians. All week long, I will be presenting jazz documentaries—five in a row—from Europe (mostly Britain). Each is an hour long, and each will grab you immediately, hold you fast and provide you with details about the music you probably never knew.
First up is History of the Boogie Woogie, which aired on England's South Bank Show in 1986.