BET Jazz: The 24-Hour Jazz Channel - Fall 2003 Programming Schedule


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BET Jazz: The 24-Hour Jazz Channel Presents New Fall 2003 Programming Schedule

Premiering New Episodes of Journey With Jazz At Lincoln Center, Issues And Answers, Grammy Goes To Schools, Classic Concerts, Blues Biographies/Chicago Blues and Not Just Jazz

BET Jazz: The 24-Hour Jazz Channel recently announced a new fall season of original programming that kicked off on September 25 with the debut of season two of Journey With Jazz At Lincoln Center. Beginning in October, the exciting programming continues with the following new series, Issues And Answers, Grammy Goes To Schools, as well as new episodes of Classic Concerts, Blues Biographies/Chicago Blues and Not Just Jazz.

Journey With Jazz At Lincoln Center: The 13 brand new episodes of this hour-long weekly series will highlight live performances by the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) with Wynton Marsalis, as well as other jazz artists in concerts produced by Jazz At Lincoln Center. Filmed in New York City and at various national and international venues, the episodes will also include interviews with the featured artists.

Shows planned for this season include tour performances by the LCJO with Wynton Marsalis in cities such as Honolulu, Hawaii and London, to name a few. Episodes will feature legendary jazz drummer Louis Hayes on the history of jazz drumming; Ghanian drum master Yacub Addy on the sacred connection of the drums to music; trombonist Wycliffe Gordon; and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Airing on Thursdays at 1PM, 9PM & 12AM ET / 10AM, 6PM, & 9PM PT, with rebroadcasts on Sundays at 10AM, 9PM & 5AM ET / 7AM, 6PM, & 2AM PT.

Issues And Answers: BET Digital Networks presents this new six-part, half-hour series that will deal with the issues and answers that are presented at some of the top African American organizations annual conferences around the nation. Each episode will give an overview of the organization, include footage from their conference/convention, and will showcase their commitment to financial independence. Some organizations that will be featured are 100 Black of America “Critical Issues in America," the Congressional Black Caucus “African American Women and Technology" and “Strategies for Raising Successful African American Men & Women," and the NAACP Convention. Episodes will air on Mondays at 11:30AM, 7:30PM & 12:30AM ET / 8:30AM, 4:30PM & 9:30AM PT.

Grammy Goes To Schools: BET Jazz in a partnership with the Grammy Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Recording Academy, will present this six-part, half-hour series (including an hour-long “Best Of" show) in which the main focus is to bring national attention to the value of music and arts education. Featured in the half-hour episodes are the Grammy Foundations four core educational programs: Grammy In The Schools; Gibson/Baldwin Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles; Grammy Signature Schools Presented by 7UP and Grammy Concerts for Young People. Airing on Thursdays at 11AM, 3PM & 2AM ET / 8AM, 12PM, & 11PM PT, with rebroadcasts on Sundays at 8AM, 4PM & 10PM ET / 5AM, 1PM & 7PM PT.

Classic Concerts: This hour-long program will feature stellar performances by some of the worlds greatest jazz artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Stephane Grappelli, Joshua Redman, Charlie Byrd, Arnett Cobb, Roy Ayers, Arturo Sandoval, Nina Simone, Christian McBride, Sarah Vaughan and many more. Some concert footage featured from the Montreal Jazz Festival. Episodes will air on Wednesdays at 11AM, 7PM & 3AM ET / 8AM, 4PM, & 12AM PT, with rebroadcasts on Fridays at 9AM, 5PM & 1AM ET / 6AM, 2PM & 10AM PT and Saturdays at 12PM, 8PM & 4AM ET / 9AM, 5PM & 1AM PT.

Blues Biographies/Chicago Blues: This program will feature the best in live blues performance by artists such as Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, The Blues Instigators, Muddy Waters Tribute, Roy Hytower, Lonnie Brooks, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Pistol Pete, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Studebaker John & The Hawks, Mike Morgan & The Crawl and Keb Mo. Artists biographies that will be featured include: The Junior Wells Story, Son Seals, Pinetop Perkins, and many more. Airing on Wednesdays at 1PM, 9PM & 2AM ET / 10AM, 6PM & 11AM PT, with rebroadcasts on Sundays at 6AM, 2PM, & 2AM ET / 3AM, 11AM & 11PM PT.

Not Just Jazz: This program has the “behind the music" stories of jazz greats and rising stars, featuring documentaries on Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Benny Carter, and many more. Airing on Thursdays at 7AM, 7PM & 3AM ET / 4AM, 4PM & 12AM PT, with rebroadcasts on Sundays at 7AM, 3PM & 4AM ET / 4AM, 12PM & 1AM PT.

Rounding out the fall schedule are the following programs: new episodes of Jazz Visions, Musical Passport and Latin Beat music programs; J&R Artist of the Month and J&R Presents specials featuring Nancy Wilson, Marian McPartland, Nneena Freelon, Jimmy Heath, Bruce Lundvall and James Moody; preview shows for the 2003 Iceland Jazz Festival and the 2004 Barbados Jazz Festival; Putumayo 10th Anniversary Special; and the Thelonious Monk Competition.

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