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Chicago Jazz Weekend July 22 & 23 on SIRIUS


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NEW YORK - July 13, 2006 - In response to recent news that Chicagoans will be losing their terrestrial radio outlet for jazz music, SIRIUS Satellite Radio will celebrate the city's rich jazz sounds with a special Chicago Jazz Weekend on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23.

The Chicago Jazz Weekend will be broadcast on channel 72, Pure Jazz, and will feature these special programs:

Blowin' in from Chicago: The Tenor Sound (July 22 from 10 am ET to 4 pm ET)

Nothing exemplifies the sound of Chicago better than the tenor saxophone. With its roots in the blues, R & B, swing, and pop, the Chicago sax sound is as multifaceted as the city itself. Host Rhonda Hamilton will present legends of the horn including Gene Ammons, Von Freeman, Johnny Griffin, and Clifford Jordan. She'll also feature highlights from SIRIUS' recent session with Eric Alexander, a young saxophonist who cut his teeth playing the Chicago clubs.

On the Town: The Chicago Scene (July 22 from 4 pm ET to 10 pm ET)

Host Les Davis takes you out to the clubs and concert halls of the Windy City. From the London House to the Opera House and everywhere in between, you'll hear some of the greatest live jazz recordings ever made--including Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing and Kurt Elling at the Green Mill.

Artist's Choice with Gary Burton: Chicago Sunday Brunch (July 23 from 10 am ET to 4 pm ET)

Vibraphone legend and SIRIUS jazz DJ Gary Burton features musicians from Chi-town for this week's show. From Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton to Gene Ammons and Herbie Hancock, you'll hear a variety of favorites from Chicago's rich musical tradition.

The Next Generation: Chicago Today (July 23 from 4 pm ET to 10 pm ET)

SIRIUS' Chicago Jazz Weekend will conclude with a look at Chicago's jazz future. Hear some of the most creative and promising artists on the scene today, including Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Jim Gailloreto and Henry Johnson. The names might not be familiar--yet--but you'll adore the music.

SIRIUS offers an array of commercial-free jazz, standards and blues channels and programming, which feature such distinctive on-air hosts as GRAMMY-winning jazz artist Gary Burton; EMI Jazz & Classics President and CEO Bruce Lundvall; award-winning smooth jazz artist Jeff Lorber; and GRAMMY-nominated blues artist Shemekia Copeland, among others.

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