For Immediate Release
FOURTH SERIES OF AWARD-WINNING JAZZ ICONS DVDS TO BE RELEASED!
NEW SERIES OF JAZZ ICONS® DVDS FEATURES VINTAGE UNSEEN CONCERTS FEATURING COLEMAN HAWKINS, JIMMY SMITH, WOODY HERMAN, ART FARMER, ERROLL GARNER, ANITA O’DAY, ART BLAKEY
“Jazz Icons® is doing for jazz what the Criterion Collection has done for classic and important films.” – Jazz Times
“The sound quality is first rate, and the performances are extraordinary.” – Newsweek
“I can't say enough about the presentation of these DVDs. Not only have the producers gotten the best possible picture and sound from the original films and videotapes, but they've packaged them with taste and tender loving care. The accompanying booklets are well worth reading; each one is filled with great photos and eloquent liner notes. – Leonard Maltin
The eagerly anticipated release of the fourth series of Jazz Icons® DVDs has arrived. Reelin' In The Years® Productions and Naxos of America, Inc. are proud to announce the October 27, 2009 release of the next seven titles in the illustrious DVD series featuring performances by Coleman Hawkins, Jimmy Smith, Woody Herman, Art Farmer, Erroll Garner, Anita O’Day, and Art Blakey. Filmed in Europe between 1962 and 1970, this fourth set of Jazz Icons® DVDs features concerts by seven of the most influential jazz artists of the 20th century captured in their prime and accompanied by some of the most legendary sidemen of the day. Previously forgotten or lost in the vaults of TV studios throughout Europe (in some cases for nearly 45 years!), they are now being made available for the first time.
Each of the new Jazz Icons® DVDs features one or more concerts filmed live in television studios and concert halls throughout Europe between 1962 and 1970, one of the most creative periods in jazz history. All seven DVDs feature performances that have never been officially released, and in many cases, the material is newly discovered and was never broadcast. In addition, every performance in the Jazz Icons® DVD series has been transferred and re-mastered from the best-quality original masters yielding excellent sound and video.
Among the wealth of highlights in the fourth series of Jazz Icons® DVDs:
Each DVD also includes a 20+ page booklet with insightful and informative essays by noted jazz historians as well as previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
All seven Jazz Icons® titles will be sold separately and as a deluxe boxed set with a bonus eighth disc featuring additional rare, never-before-seen, performances from Coleman Hawkins in 1966, Erroll Garner in 1962 and Jimmy Smith in 1968.
The release of the seven new releases in the fourth series brings the total number of DVDs in the Jazz Icons® series to 30 different titles. Including the three bonus discs in the boxed sets, the Jazz Icons® DVD series now features over 40 hours of classic performances.
The first series of Jazz Icons® DVDs featuring classic vintage concerts by Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Buddy Rich, and Chet Baker, was released in September 2006 to universal critical acclaim, including feature stories in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, as well as reviews in The New York Times and USA Today (including their holiday gift guide.)
The second series of Jazz Icons® DVDs was released in September 2007 and featured classic vintage concerts by John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Sarah Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, Duke Ellington and Dexter Gordon as well as a bonus disc included with the boxset. As with the first series, each title again received universal critical acclaim including reviews in Newsweek, The New York Times and NPR Morning Edition. CBS Sunday Morning named the Jazz Icons® Series Two boxed set as the archival DVD release of the year describing the DVDs as “astonishing” and “an incredible gift.”
The third series of Jazz Icons® DVDs was released in September, 2008 and featured classic vintage concerts by Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson and Nina Simone as well as a bonus disc included with the boxed set. As with both the first and second series, each title again received universal critical acclaim.
Reelin' In The Years Productions LLC is the world’s largest music footage library. In addition to the first twenty-three titles in the Jazz Icons® series, Reelin' In The Years has produced over 50 DVDs including the four volume The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969 DVD series, the three volume Definitive Motown series (Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and the four volume British Invasion series (Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & The Pacemakers.) For further information, please visit www.reelinintheyears.com.
Since 1987, Naxos of America, Inc. the world’s leading Classical Musical label has redefined how classical music is presented and marketed. The innovative strategy of recording exciting new Grammy nominated and Grammy winning repertoire with exceptional talent has enabled the label to develop one of the largest and fastest growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire available anywhere-currently 5,500 active titles-with state-of-the-art sound and the consumer-friendly prices. Naxos of America, Inc. is owned by the North American Classical Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Naxos Global Distribution. For more information: www.naxos.com.
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