New Jazz It Up! Episode: Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield and the Lew Tabackin Trio Plus the 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony with George Benson Performance


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New York, NY - The very latest episode of the online jazz TV show, Jazz it Up!, is available now for your viewing pleasure.

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This edition of Jazz it Up! features two trios, both swinging hard: Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride and Mark Whitfield are seen in performance at the Jazz Standard in New York City for their first collaboration together in over a decade; and tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin fronts a trio at the Kitano Club.

In addition to thrilling musical renditions in an intimate club setting, viewers will see behind-the-scenes interviews with these top jazz musicians.

The Jazz it Up! Vintage segment features the legendary jazz vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and his big band performing an up-tempo number, “Gladys," named after Hampton's wife.

Pianist and educator Barry Harris is the focus of the Jazz Spotlight segment, and the late, great brass king Freddie Hubbard is honored in the In Memory Of moment.

Warren Vache, Aaron Diehl, Jon Hendricks, Jonathan Batiste and Robert Glasper make brief appearances too.

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The Jazz News segment features coverage of NEA Jazz Masters ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, with a performance by honoree George Benson, who plays “Stella By Starlight" with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Viewers only familiar with Benson's pop career will be amazed at his instrumental dexterity in a straight-ahead jazz context.

Next on Jazz it Up!

The next episode of Jazz it Up! features smoking performances by guitarist Stanley Jordan at the Iridium, and alto sax legend Phil Woods with the William Paterson University Jazz Orchestra in New Jersey. Vintage footage of the Oscar Peterson Trio, and news coverage of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 50th Anniversary celebration performing to the music of Duke Ellington, will round out episode 4 of Season 2 of Jazz it Up! Subscribers receive each episode via email, so don't miss out!

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About Jazz it Up!

Jazz it Up!, a production of BrownStone Digital, Inc., contains live performances, news, and discussions by artists who play the array of styles that make jazz. Program segments are designed to engage viewers through different angles of insight into the art form. Our editing style appeals to a younger demographic while maintaining the class mature viewers expect. This is the only online music series that incorporates: streaming interactive video; mp4 sound technology; banner and video ads; features for sharing and feedback, with a distribution model exploiting the low-cost viral nature of email. Any user of Apple's iPhone can view our half-hour episodes.

Hosted by jazz writer and broadcast journalist Greg Thomas, the first season of Jazz it Up! was viewed by 1,000,000 people in 15 countries. Over 300,000 people have watched the first three episodes of season 2. In fall 2008 TiVo's Video-on-Demand service added Jazz it Up! to the roster of shows available to its 4 million subscribers. In October 2008, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Consumer Electronics Association nominated Jazz it Up! as a finalist for a Global Media Award in the Outstanding Long Form-Entertainment category. Swing by, and subscribe to Jazz it Up! for free. And don't hesitate to share the show with your associates, friends and family. When you get a new episode via email, forward it to as many people as you'd like.

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