New Jazz It Up! Episode Features: Kenny Garrett, Take 6, Hank Jones and Gene Bertoncini, Vintage Bill Evans and Jazzmobile 45th Anniversary Celebration


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New York, NY – Saxophonist Kenny Garrett and vocal group Take 6 headline as the featured artists of the latest episode of Jazz it Up! Garrett’s blistering alto sax fronts a high octane ensemble at the Iridium club, while Take 6 offers intense renditions of cuts from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. During the second of their two featured numbers, members of Take 6 explain why they finally released a straight-ahead jazz recording, and Garrett discusses his current stage of musical development as well as the spiritual aspects of his art.

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JAZZ NEWS: Jazzmobile, founded by Dr. Billy Taylor 45 years ago, recently celebrated its anniversary at Gracie Mansion, home to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spoke of the importance of jazz and Jazzmobile. Adding commentary are Dr. Taylor, Robin Bell-Stevens (Executive Director), Darryl Gay (Chairman), and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin. Pianist Christian Sands, a young protege of Dr. Taylor, also performs.

VINTAGE: Influential pianist Bill Evans performs “Israel” in a trio setting in a 1964 performance in Sweden.

JAZZ FRIENDS: In a humorous discussion about a gig with Benny Goodman years ago, guitar guru Gene Bertoncini and piano seer Hank Jones share a moment at the Jazz Journalists Association awards ceremony caught on video exclusively for Jazz it Up!

JAZZ CAMEOS: Todd Barkan, Rashied Ali, Cyrus Chestnut, and Jon Gordon appear between segments to urge viewers to Keep Swingin’!

Jazz it Up! dedicates this episode to the memory of electric guitar pioneer Les Paul, composer, band leader and theoretician George Russell, and drummer Rashied Ali, who answered the question “What Is Free Jazz" in the second episode of this season.

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The innovative, rhythmic pianist Vijay Iyer and the All About Jazz Orchestra are the features for the penultimate episode of season 2 of Jazz it Up! For jazz news, we report on the awards ceremony of the Jazz Journalists Association held recently at the Jazz Standard in New York City. Our Jazz Insider segment will contain a conversation with Andre Kimo Stone Guess, manager of Christian McBride and several other notable jazz artists. As always, we'll also have vintage footage of a jazz icon.

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Jazz it Up!, a production of BrownStone Digital, Inc., contains live performances, news, and discussions by emerging to established 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 through special effects, and a mature audience by syncing the edits with the transitions in the music.

This is the only online music series that incorporates: interactive streaming 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. The first eight episodes of season 2 have garnered an additional 1.7 million viewers. In October 2008, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Consumer Electronics Association nominated Jazz it Up! for a Global Media Award in the Outstanding Long Form – Entertainment category.

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