Visually, Jazz is in the same style as Ken Burns's previous
works: slowly panning and zooming shots of photographs are mixed with
period movie sequences, accompanied by music of, and commentary on, the
period being examined. Between these sequences, present-day jazz
figures provide anecdotes and explain the defining features of the
major musicians' styles. Duke Ellington's Lazy Rhapsody (1932) is a recurring motif at the opening and closing of individual episodes of the series.