CHICAGO, IL (March 15, 2007) – The inaugural season of the critically acclaimed LEGENDS OF JAZZ with Ramsey Lewis TV series will be released May 22nd as a 3 DVD set. Season One gathers 12 complete episodes from the LEGENDS OF JAZZ TV series, all captured in glorious multi-camera HD TV and 5.1 Surround Sound, plus bonus interviews with guest stars, a behind-the-scenes photo gallery, and interviews with the producer and host. LEGENDS OF JAZZ was created by award-winning producer and music industry veteran Larry Rosen and produced by LRSmedia in conjunction with WTTW National Productions.
To help promote jazz education in the classroom, LRSmedia and the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) have collaborated to create free Companion Study Guides for Season One. Developed and written by Greg Carroll, IAJE Director of Education, the Study Guides will be available online by April 2007 at www.legendsofjazz.net/classroom. The guides provide an in depth study of each guest artist and music genre through multimedia biographies, listening activities, quizzes and creative projects. The educational content within the guides meets the National Standards for Music Education outlined by the National Association for Music Education.
LEGENDS OF JAZZ host and recent NEA Jazz Master Honoree Ramsey Lewis is dedicated to making music education accessible for America’s youth. He states, “I’ve always felt that in school we feed the brain information about our differences – geographically, politically and socially – but, it’s just as important to feed the brain information about how we’re all the same – and this is done through the arts. In my case, I benefited greatly in school from music education.”
In the spring of 2006, LEGENDS OF JAZZ with Ramsey Lewis, burst onto TV screens across the country, heralding the return of jazz to weekly U.S. television for the first time in more than 40 years. Since then, the LEGENDS OF JAZZ blend of one-of-a-kind music performances, rarely-seen archival material and intimate conversations with the top artists of the genre, has seen rave reviews from major publications around the country. The TV series has earned robust ratings and spawned a strong-selling and equally celebrated collection of DVD and audio CD products.
LEGENDS OF JAZZ has been described by the Chicago Tribune as “a major breakthrough for TV and for jazz.” The series, sponsored by E*TRADE FINANCIAL, Marantz and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), boasts an artist guest list that reads like a Who’s Who of jazz and American popular music, including internationally renowned luminaries like Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Ivan Lins, Dr. Billy Taylor, David Sanborn, Jane Monheit, Phil Woods, Keb’ Mo’ and Clark Terry.
LEGENDS OF JAZZ Season One 3-DVD set contains the following episodes and guest artists:
- THE GOLDEN HORNS with Chris Botti, Roy Hargrove, & Clark Terry
- THE JAZZ SINGERS with Al Jarreau & Kurt Elling
- CONTEMPORARY JAZZ with George Duke, Lee Ritenour, & Marcus Miller
- THE ALTOS with Phil Woods & David Sanborn
- THE PIANO MASTERS with Dave Brubeck & Dr. Billy Taylor
- ROOTS: THE BLUES with Keb’ Mo’ & Robert Cray
- AMERICAN SONGBOOK with John Pizzarelli & Jane Monheit
- LATIN JAZZ with Eddie Palmieri & Dave Valentin
- THE TENORS with Benny Golson, Chris Potter, & Marcus Strickland
- BRAZILIAN JAZZ with Oscar Castro-Neves & Ivan Lins
- THE KILLER Bs with Dr. Lonnie Smith & Joey DeFrancesco
- NEA JAZZ MASTERS 2006 with Chick Corea, Ray Barretto, & Tony Bennett
In 2006, the series aired on more than 250 PBS stations across the U.S., and will be repeated by many stations in the 2007. The LEGENDS OF JAZZ national tour will hit the road in Spring 2008 with Season Two airing in Fall 2008.
LRSmedia’s DVD, CD, Blu-ray, digital, and wireless music products are distributed by WEA Corp. In addition, all LEGENDS OF JAZZ products are available at major retail outlets as well as online. Digital downloads of performances from the series and complete episodes are available through iTunes. Suggested retail price for Season One is $39.98.
LRSmedia has used its 360° Branded Entertainment Experience™ platform to promote the LEGENDS OF JAZZ brand. The TV series is accompanied by the LEGENDS OF JAZZ with Ramsey Lewis weekly radio show, airing on more than 60 stations; a multi-city LEGENDS OF JAZZ concert tour; DVD, CD, Blu-ray, digital and wireless products; and a media-rich destination website, www.legendsofjazz.net.