Jazzed Media's Stan Kenton Documentary Honored with Videographer Award
The Videographer Awards has honored Jazzed Media with a 2011 Videographer Award of Excellence for the documentary film Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm- Portrait of a Jazz Legend. The documentary film was produced and directed by multi-Grammy nominated producer and award winning filmmaker Graham Carter, founder of Jazzed Media. Jazzed Media produces jazz CDs and documentary jazz films.
In recognition of the upcoming 100th birthday celebration of Stan Kenton in 2011 this almost 2 hour documentary by award winning jazz filmmaker Graham Carter, produced in association with the Los Angeles Jazz Institute, covers all facets of Kenton's amazing career and includes much of the groundbreaking music that was performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra over almost 40 years. Stan Kenton is acknowledged as one of the pioneers in developing contemporary big band jazz, with a career as bandleader starting in the early 1940s and lasting through the late 1970s. Kenton was also responsible for helping bring to fame many jazz stars including June Christy, Maynard Ferguson, and Lee Konitz. Many great arrangers wrote for the Kenton band including Bill Holman, Bill Russo, Lennie Niehaus, Gerry Mulligan, and Pete Rugolo. Kenton was one of the pioneers of integrating Afro-Cuban rhythms with big band jazz, and was at the forefront of introducing jazz education to colleges and high schools throughout the world.
The Videographer Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in video productions. There were about 1,800 entries from throughout the United States and several other countries in the 2011 competition. The Videographer Awards is one of the most coveted awards in the video industry. Over the past 15 years, thousands of production and communication professionals have entered their best and most creative work. The goal of the Videographer Awards is to identify and recognize the video artisans who excel in the scope of their own environment. Winners range from network news operations to local cable access...from large production companies to freelancers...from international advertising agencies to student producers. Winners were selected from 166 categories under the headings of television productions, video productions and new media. The Award of Excellence was awarded to those projects that the judges deemed were written, produced, shot and/or edited in an exceptional manner. Approximately 14 percent of the entries won this award. The Award of Distinction was awarded for projects that exceeded industry standards.
Approximately 14 percent of the entries won this award. Excellence and Distinction winners are listed on the Videographer Awards website at www.videoawards.com
Jazzed Media, a jazz record label and film production company, was founded in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area in 2002. Jazzed Media's owner Graham Carter is a multi-Grammy nominated record producer (The Bill Holman Band Live" and The Bill Holman Band Hommage") and award winning jazz filmmaker (Phil Woods: A Life in E Flat, Bud Shank: Against the Tide, and Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm). Carter is a member of the Telly Awards Silver Council. The Silver Council is a membership based division of the Telly Awards. Members are top advertising and production professionals that have won a Silver Telly in the past, have applied for membership to the council and have been accepted. Currently Carter is producing and directing a documentary film on big band jazz legend Woody Herman titled Woody Herman: Blue Flame- Portrait of a Jazz Legend."
Artists appearing on the Jazzed Media label include Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Bill Charlap, Brian Lynch, Hubert Laws, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Carl Saunders, Don Menza, Christian Jacob, Irene Kral, Jackie & Roy, Bob Lark, Jim McNeely, Mel Martin, Benny Carter, Frank Tiberi, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Lorraine Feather, Russell Ferrante, Bela Fleck, Judy Wexler, Alan Pasqua and Matt Wilson.