The Documentary Channel brings us a 4-part series titled “Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense.” We’re look forward to seeing this as a lot of present-day jazz doesn’t get the exposure that we think it deserves. Dave and Brass Ecstasy are featured here as well. Premieres Monday April 20th at 9:00 EST. Watch the trailer below.
“Icons” provides a timely, vibrant trip through the clubs, festivals, and lives of this new generation of jazz musicians. From hip hop to bebop and from jam band to free form, the music continues to grow and shape itself in ways as varied as the musicians who play it.
“The creation of this film series has been a life changing experience,” explains Comerford, president of Paradigm Studio. “In nearly seven years of production we have traveled the world and encountered the most committed, talented and spirited group of artists one could imagine. I feel the deepest appreciation for our American cultural heritage, which feeds the life of this country, while simultaneously I clearly understand that our capacity for reinvention is like no other. The combined simplicity and complexity of this observation is the essence of my understanding of the jazz art form and its restless energy.”
Monday, April 20 “Icons Among Us” – Episode 1 – “A Quiet Revolution” 9 p.m. ET/PT
Monday, April 27 “Icons Among Us” – Episode 2 – “12 Notes In Real Time” 9 p.m. ET/PT
Monday, May 4 “Icons Among Us” – Episode 3 – “Utopia” 9 p.m. ET/PT
Monday, May 11 “Icons Among Us” – Episode 4 – “Everything Everywhere” 9 p.m. ET/PT