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Count Basie, Duke Ellington & More Featured in PBS Documentary 'The Soundies'

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"The Soundies: A Musical History" - a very special historical music documentary to be aired on PBS in March 2007 chronicles the first music video format.

Presented by four-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein, The Soundies: A Musical History is a must-see for jazz music and history enthusiasts everywhere, as PBS brilliantly captures never before seen footage of the greats that started it all (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, etc).

More than 1,800 Soundies have been made; many of the best performances are available for the first time on PBS, meticulously restored to pristine quality. The program also contains exclusive interviews with some of America's most famous musical and cultural icons including Hugh Hefner, Les Paul, Wynton Marsalis, George Duke, and film historian Leonard Maltin.

The next time someone mentions MTV as the cultural phenomenon that “invented" music videos, PBS viewers can note that the giants of jazz, big band and swing set the stage some 40 years before with Soundies -- a genuine musical innovation.

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