Jazz It Up! New Episode: Lewis Nash Quintet, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Stanley Jordan's Guitar Technique, Vintage Nina Simone, Chuck Stewart's Photography, and Duke Ellington News


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New York, NY – Drummer Lewis Nash blazes his quintet with percussive drive and the Caribbean Jazz Project with vibraphonist Dave Samuels brings spicy swing to the headline features for episode 5 of the second season of Jazz it Up! In exclusive interviews (heard during the second of two songs featured by each) Samuels tells host Greg Thomas the origins of his Grammy award-winning group and discusses the recording “Afro Bop Alliance,” and Nash describes his musical vision as a band leader, derived from his many years as a sideman to the giants of jazz.

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VINTAGE: Nina Simone, an often controversial artist, sings and plays piano in front of a live audience in England in 1968, chastising evil doers of all stripes who will “Go to Hell" for their misdeeds.

JAZZ'NIQUE: In episode 4 of this season of Jazz it Up!, Stanley Jordan performed on piano and guitar simultaneously. In this episode he demonstrates his “touch" technique by comparing it to the usual way of playing the guitar, and ends with a rendition of a J.S. Bach composition, written originally for piano.

JAZZ CAMEOS: Nicholas Payton, Melba Joyce, Stanley Jordan and Jimmy Heath encourage viewers to Keep Swingin', jazz style.

JAZZ NEWS: Last episode Duke Ellington's music served as the backdrop of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 50th anniversary. In this episode Jazz it Up! reports on the U.S. Mint's release of a Washington D.C. coin for everyday use that bears the image of the maestro Duke Ellington, born in the nation’s capital 110 years ago this month.

Jazz it Up! dedicates this episode to the memory of Gerry Niewood and Coleman Mellet, who were members of trumpeter Chuck Mangione’s band. They were aboard Flight 3407 which crashed tragically in Buffalo, New York on February 13, 2009.

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Veteran drummer Chico Hamilton and the bright rising alto saxophonist Grace Kelly grace episode six of Jazz it Up! as featured artists. Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who amazed critics and fans alike by playing several woodwind instruments at the same time, is our Vintage artist. The JazzInsider segment focuses on the work of long-time jazz radio deejay Russ Davis, host of the Jazz America program heard worldwide on the Voice of America network. For jazz news, Jazz it Up! reports on current and upcoming jazz on film and video.

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About Jazz it Up!

Jazz it Up!, a production of BrownStone Digital, Inc., contains live performances, news, and discussions by emerging to established artists who play the array of styles that make jazz. Program segments are designed to engage viewers through different angles of insight into the art form. Our editing style appeals to a younger demographic through special effects, and a mature audience by syncing the edits with the transitions in the music.

Jazz it Up! is the only online music series that incorporates: interactive streaming video; mp4 sound technology; banner and video ads; features for sharing and feedback, with a distribution model exploiting the low-cost viral nature of email. Any user of Apple’s iPhone can view our half-hour episodes.

Hosted by jazz writer and broadcast journalist Greg Thomas, the first season of Jazz it Up! was viewed by 1,000,000 people in 15 countries. This season over 900,000 people have watched the first five episodes, so we’ll exceed season one’s total half way through season 2!

In October 2008, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Consumer Electronics Association nominated Jazz it Up! for a Global Media Award in the Outstanding Long Form – Entertainment category.

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