New Jazz It Up! Episode Features: Chico Hamilton, Grace Kelly, Vintage Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Radio Deejay Russ Davis, and Coverage of the Freddie Hubbard Memorial at St. John the Divine


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New York, NY -- From elder statesman Chico Hamilton to rising star Grace Kelly, the current episode of Jazz it Up! bristles with a cool edge that tempers the warmth of summer. On one of her two featured numbers, alto saxophonist Kelly arranges Bill Withers' “Aint No Sunshine" into a jazz showcase; during the second, she tells host Greg Thomas when and why she starting playing music and relates her instrumental influences. Drumming legend Hamilton leads a young ensemble with nuanced drive at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, and explores essential aspects of his storied career, thoughts of his recording with the late pianist Andrew Hill, and his spiritual view of music in a brief, often humorous conversation.

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VINTAGE: Rahsaan Roland Kirk, a uniquely talented multi-instrumentalist in jazz, plays several saxophones in a video clip that will surely bring viewers bright moments.

JAZZ INSIDER: Long-time jazz radio host Russ Davis discusses the importance of his Voice of America (VOA) program as a representation of the best of American culture around the world. When Willis Conover hosted Music USA on VOA, Eastern Europe was the largest audience of listeners; Davis, host of Jazz America for a decade, informs viewers that today Africa is the largest source of avid listeners of this international jazz program.

JAZZ CAMEOS: Intoning the Jazz it Up! catch phrase, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Martino, and Enzo Capua encourage viewers to Keep Swingin'!

JAZZ NEWS: Jazz it Up! reports on the memorial concert for Freddie Hubbard held at the historic Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in May 2009. Along with performance shots of Roy Hargrove, Javon Jackson, David Weiss, Christian McBride, Charles Tolliver, Dwayne Burno, Carl Allen, Gary Bartz, and several other musicians of note, Hubbard's career highlights are reviewed.

In addition to Freddie Hubbard, Jazz it Up! dedicates this episode to the memory of alto saxophonist and flutist Bud Shank and electric bassist Waymon Tisdale.

Next on Jazz it Up!

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut displays the gospel-jazz connection at an outdoor concert in Harlem, and alto saxophonist Jon Gordon fronts a grooving nonet at the club Smalls, as features of episode 7 of season 2 of Jazz it Up! Plus, our Jazz Insider segment presents a discussion with record and concert producer Todd Barkan.

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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 video special effects, and a mature audience by syncing the edits with the transitions in the music. This 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 million people in 15 countries. That mark was reached half way through this, our second season.

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. Swing by, and subscribe to Jazz it Up! for free. And don't hesitate to share the show with your associates, friends and family. When you get a new episode via email, forward it to as many people as you want.

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