1959 was a big year for jazz. Solo artists began to breakaway from the bebop style, to explore and express new forms of jazz. It was the same year that four major jazz albums were released: Kind of Blue by Miles Davis; Time Out by Dave Brubeck; Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus; and The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman, all powerful artists reflecting and opening new possibilities for jazz.
It was also a big year for America. A nation finding its groove, people were enjoying undreamt freedom, social wealth, with racial issues to come soon, jazz was ahead of the curve.
1959 The Year that Changed Jazz features the rarely seen performances of the era, bringing to life the jazz albums that were vital to 1959 and the years to come. Included in the documentary are interviews with musicians including: Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Joe Morello and Jimmy Cobb, as well as a host of jazz movers and shakers from the 1950s to day.