ICONS AMONG US: JAZZ IN THE PRESENT TENSE:
FOUR-PART JAZZ DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES CONTEMPORARY JAZZ LUMINARIES
THE DOCTUMENTARY CHANNEL EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF ALL FOUR EPISODES BEGINS APRIL 20
EPISODE ONE PREMIERES APRIL 15 AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
TOUR WITH SOULIVE, RUSSELL GUNN & DAKAH HIP HOP ORCHESTRA STARTS APRIL 19
Paradigm Studio partners with Don Q Rum in association with Rums of Puerto Rico to present Icons Among Us: Jazz In The Present Tense. The four-part documentary film series examines the world of contemporary jazz looking at today's brightest talent. Featuring live footage and interviews, the films include many current jazz icons including The Bad Plus, Terence Blanchard, Jason Moran, Benevento/Russo Duo, Robert Glasper, Charlie Hunter, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Medeski Martin & Wood. The films also feature these performers' legendary predecessors and influences including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis. The Documentary Channel will telecast the Icons Among Us series on four consecutive Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning April 20 following its world premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 15.
| Charlie Hunter|
In addition to the documentary, the Icons Among Us tour will hit major markets throughout the U.S. in April and May. A two-leg tour featuring Soulive with special guest Russell Gunn on the first leg and the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra on the second leg, the Icons Among Us tour consists of live performances paired with visuals from the documentary.
ICONS AMONG US U.S. TOUR
Soulive with special guest Russell Gunn
04.19 Boston, MA The Paradise
04.26 Chicago, IL Double Door
05.01 New Orleans, LA Studio at Colton Theatre
05.02 Austin, TX Antone's
05.09 Seattle, WA Neumo's
daKAH Hip Hop Chamber Orchestra
05.24 Boston, MA Middle East
05.25 Chicago, IL Double Doo
05.27 Austin, TX Antone's
05.28 New Orleans, LA Tips French Quarter
05.30 Seattle, WA Neumo's
Executive Producer John W. Comerford fashioned Icons Among Us from seven years of interviews with over 75 living jazz artists in high definition and over 25 hours of live performances recorded on super sixteen millimeter film in popular venues across the U.S. and Europe. Presented in four movements, Icons Among Us premiers with "A Quiet Revolution," directly challenging perceptions of what jazz is and what it is becoming by examining its innovative new voices as well as their influential forebears. Subsequent movements explore a vast array of topics including the contemporary take on straight ahead and free jazz, the migration of jazz to Europe and jazz's expansion beyond its own boundaries into other musical genres including hip-hop and rock.
Icons Among Us will be telecast on The Documentary Channel, the USA's first 24-hour television network exclusively devoted to documentary films and the independent documentary filmmaker, providing viewers with round-the-clock opportunities to see fascinating, eclectic and award-winning documentary films of all lengths and genres. DOC was founded by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Tom Neff (CEO) in January 2006. DOC now reaches over 21 million homes nationwide via DISH Network (Channel 197) and several broadcast stations in major television markets, including NYC TV (Channel 25) throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. Telecast details can be found at www.documentarychannel.com.