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Daniel Duffy, editor and publisher of the Handshake Magazine, watched:

"The Gift" (Episode 2) from Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns

Jack Kerouac turned me on to Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk back when I was a teenager, and I have fond memories of listening to Miles Davis while smoking weed in a dorm room in Saint Louis. So I'm rather embarrassed that I didn't watch Ken Burns's Jazz until now. Chicago plays a big part in episode two of the series: we follow a 21-year-old Louis Armstrong as he leaves New Orleans on a train and comes here to play in King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. There are amazing shots of the Illinois Central rolling into the city, and of the 12th Street Station, the Magnificent Mile, and people drinking and dancing in the Lincoln Gardens, a venue at 31st and Cottage Grove.

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