New York, NY - [December 2, 2010] — JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, one of America‘s leading performing arts and education programs announces the formation of a new alliance with three strategic partners: IMG Artists, Sony Masterworks and The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium.
The alliance was made official when JAZZ ROOTS signed an exclusive worldwide representation agreement with IMG Artists, one of the world‘s premier talent management and presenting organizations.
“The JAZZ ROOTS brand and unique presentations provides an opportunity to bring this powerful music genre to fans across all demographic and territorial boundaries,” said IMG Artists‘ President, Jeff Fuhrman. “We are extremely excited to offer our global resources to help take JAZZ ROOTS to audiences around the world.”
The six part JAZZ ROOTS series offers a complete 360° experience from concerts and educational programs at performing arts centers across America, to touring theme based shows at concert halls and festivals around the world, to CD packages, television, video and radio productions (including an award-winning National Public Radio program) and iPad Apps.
Launched in 2008 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami- Dade County, JAZZ ROOTS, has the distinction of selling out every one of its concerts in the 2000 seat James L. Knight concert hall from inception to date and is now also being presented at the Winspear Opera House, located in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas and the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.
The series presents world-class artists in Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Latin and Brazilian music, programmed in uniquely themed multi-artist concerts. Past themes include: “Piano Latino,” “Celebrating Miles,” "Vocalese," "The Roots of Fusion," "Tribute to Frank Sinatra," "Jazz Meets Gospel," "Guitar Virtuosos", and "American Songbook" among others. Featured artists include: Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Paquito D‘Rivera, John McLaughlin, Patti Austin, Count Basie Orchestra, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, The Machito Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Manhattan Transfer, Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks, Dave Grusin, Al Di Meola, Jon Secada, Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Michael Feinstein and many more.
Joining forces is Sony Masterworks, who announced an agreement to produce JAZZ ROOTS products, starting with a branded 2 - CD compilation package (targeted for April 2011 release) tracing the story of the “Drums from Africa” and their effect on the musical DNA of the Americas.
“JAZZ ROOTS presents the music of the Americas in a most compelling fashion,” said Alex Miller, President, Sony Masterworks. “Larry Rosen‘s long career in the music business from musician to producer to entrepreneur has a track record of very successful enterprises, and we are honored to play a role to celebrate JAZZ ROOTS and the amazing musical legacy of the music of the Americas.”
Legendary artist/producer Quincy Jones joins the alliance with a plan to implement his Quincy Jones American Popular Music Curriculum, which will be presented in schools across the country in collaboration with the JAZZ ROOTS education program. The JAZZ ROOTS education and outreach components are designed to reinforce audience development, targeting area middle and high schools as well as adults within respective communities. The series provides an opportunity for schools to bring their students to sound checks and performances, with artist conversation (pre and post show), as well as pre-concert workshops for adults. These initiatives organically connect to local community groups, art centers, and the local board of education.
“Larry Rosen‘s JAZZ ROOTS is the most important new concert and educational Jazz series in America,�� said icon Quincy Jones. “It‘s so important that Americans and particularly our children learn about their culture. This series is simply imperative. You can't know we're you're going unless you know where you've come from,” Jones adds.
Jones‘ curriculum focuses on the growth of all African-based music styles from Jazz, Blues, Gospel, R&B, Funk and Hip Hop to the Brazilian and Latin Jazz genres and to the legendary and contemporary artists who created and popularized these American music styles.
“We are extremely excited to join forces with JAZZ ROOTS, IMG Artists, and Sony Masterworks to bring our Quincy Jones American Popular Music Curriculum to schools and audiences around the world,” said Quincy Jones Foundation Executive Director, Madelyn Bonnot Griffin. “Larry Rosen has touched on a much needed concert and education series to help enlighten young people today about our American musical roots and the incredible impact our music has had on our culture and the world!”
“The amazing story of the Drums from Africa, which represents the musical DNA of the popular music styles of the Americas, is an example of what our JAZZ ROOTS brand is all about,” states Larry Rosen. “We are looking at creating multiple touch points to reach our audience. We have proved that our program includes and goes way beyond the traditional Jazz audience, and we look to engage and entertain music fans who love music and are not boxed in by genre.”
Larry Rosen Productions, Inc.
Larry Rosen: musician, producer, executive producer, and music industry entrepreneur, is the Chairman of Larry Rosen Productions, Inc., creator and producer of JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, co-founder of GRP Records, co-founder of LRSmedia, and co-founder and past Chairman of N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of the PBS television series LEGENDS OF JAZZ, and is the creator and producer of multi-media TV series RECORDING: the History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone.
Dynamic, diverse and innovative, IMG Artists is the global leader in the performing arts management, projects and events business. With offices in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia, IMG Artists stays ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving world of arts and entertainment.
MASTERWORKS Jazz is an imprint of Sony MASTERWORKS.
Quincy Jones American Music Curriculum
With the initial sponsorship of music impresario Quincy Jones, leaders from all parts of the music industry and music education have joined together to share resources, networks and their passion to make music an ongoing part of the lives of children in the United States.