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Orrin Keepnews, Producer: A New Video Podcast Series, Focuses on Classic Jazz Recordings.


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Veteran Jazz producer Orrin Keepnews and his Keepnews Collection releases from the Concord Music Group are the subject of a new video Podcast series created and produced by Bret Primack. The second chapter of “Orrin Keepnews, Producer" is “Orrin Keepnews Meets The Saxophone Colossus," now available on YouTube and iTunes, as well as the Concord Music Group website.

Keepnews first met Sonny Rollins during Thelonious Monk's “Brilliant Corners" recording session and signed the brilliant young saxman to his Riverside Records label, first recording him in 1957 in a Quartet setting with Roy Haynes.

One of the most respected of all Jazz producers, Orrin Keepnews, in his long and productive career, has worked with such artists as Rollins, Monk, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, and Cannonball Adderley, and has also founded the influential Jazz labels Riverside and Milestone.

“Orrin produced some of the most important music of the 20th century. In addition to his remarkable discography, he's a witty raconteur whose stories provide new insights into the music and the remarkable men who created it," reports series producer Bret Primack.

“Our goal is to utilize the emerging medium of video Podcasts to introduce new listeners to Orrin's music, as well as offering long-time Jazz aficionados valuable new information about their favorite recordings.

Primack, aka YouTube's Jazz Video Guy, has nearly two hundred videos with two million views posted on line and believes that “video on the Web represents a unique marketing opportunity for artists and labels. When there was only broadcast TV, niche programming simply wasn't possible. But now, thanks to the lowered cost of video production, and the Web as a distribution vehicle, we can offer a program like 'Orrin Keepnews, Producer,' to a global audience, who can download or view it, any time, any place."

In addition to his ongoing Sonny Rollins series, “The Sonny Rollins Podcast," and his archival work with Billy Taylor, Primack has just completed a documentary about Joe Lovano, and is currently editing a new Podcast series for Telarc Records featuring the Saxophone Summit (Lovano, David Liebman, and Ravi Coltrane), to be shown in conjunction with the spring release of the group's second recording, “Seraphic Light."

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