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December 24, 2005

Legends of Jazz Series

Written by
cindy mcleod

Legends of Jazz, the first weekly series in 40 years to feature live jazz performance and conversation, will go to air on network television in April 2006. Produced in multi-camera HDTV and Dolby Surround 5.1 audio, the series is set to coincide with National Jazz Appreciation Month.

Ramsay Lewis will host the series of 13 half-hour episodes featuring highlights such as:

‘The Golden Horns’ with Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, and Chris Botti

‘The Jazz Singers’ with Al Jarreau and Kurt Elling

‘The Piano Masters’ with Dave Brubeck and Dr. Billy Taylor

‘The Great Guitars’ with Jim Hall and Pat Metheny

‘Contemporary Jazz’ with George Duke, Lee Ritenour and Marcus Miller

‘The Altos’ with Phil Woods and David Sanborn

‘Latin Jazz’ with Eddie Palmieri and Dave Valentin

Legends Of Jazz, created and produced by Larry Rosen, debuted nationally on June 16 with the hour-long special, The Jazz Masters, showcasing five legendary recipients of the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters Award: Nancy Wilson, James Moody, Jon Hendricks, Paquito D’Rivera and George Wein, and young jazz vocalist Renee Olstead.

A new Jazz Masters special will be taped in January 2006 during the IAJE Conference in New York City, and will feature 2006 NEA Jazz Masters Tony Bennett and Chick Corea.

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