Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jazz on TV

Here is something that you might want to look out for I have reprinted the info exactly as I got;

Hi Orphy,

Since we love and respect the Orphy Robinson Blog, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the biggest jazz event to hit TV this year. Icons Among Us: Jazz in the present tense has garnered attention from both the New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and we wanted to get you in on this exciting film.

“Icons” includes much well-filmed footage of musicians performing and rehearsing in clubs and studios. They include Terence Blanchard (who also serves the role of wise elder in interviews); Jason Moran; the Bad Plus; and Medeski, Martin and Wood. These purely musical sequences are the major attraction of the program: they indicate what current jazz musicians are actually up to. - NY Times

Icons Among Us: Jazz in the present tense is a documentary film series that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical evolution.

The four-part documentary film series examines the world of contemporary jazz looking at today’s brightest talent. Featuring live footage and interviews, the films include many current jazz icons including The Bad Plus, Terence Blanchard, Jason Moran, Ravi Coltrane, the Benevento-Russo Duo, Robert Glasper, Charlie Hunter, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Medeski Martin and Wood. The films also features these performers’ legendary predecessors and influences including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis.

The Documentary Channel will present the film in its entirety Wednesday May 27th and Wednesday June 3rd starting at 8 pm EST. Check out the website for detailed information: http://www.iconsamongus.com/

To learn more about the film, view the preview and get access to images and info go here: http://www.arielpublicity.net/clients/2545

Interviews Available With Executive Producer John W. Comerford

John W. Comerford is an award winning writer and producer of independent film and media. He is President of PARADIGM STUDIO, a film and television production company in Seattle and serves on the board of The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). SOMETHING ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP TO JAZZ & MUSIC (noone cares that he graduated from UC Boulder)

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Thank you for your time!

Katie Simons

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