Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis began airing on public television stations nationwide in April. The much anticipated series, the first weekly network jazz related show in 40 years, features intimate conversations with and performances by some of the world's leading musicians. Grammy® Award-winning composer/pianist Ramsey Lewis hosts the series, which is produced in multi-camera HDTV and Dolby Surround 5.1 audio in association with WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station. The primary sponsor for the series is E*Trade Financial, with additional funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE).

Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis will combine live performance, intimate conversation and archival imagery to provide a fascinating and entertaining look at some of the most memorable moments and most exciting artists in jazz. One thing particularly special about Legends of Jazz is that viewers have the opportunity to see and hear unique pairings of legendary, Grammy® Award-winning artists who have never appeared or recorded together before.

The 13-week debut season began airing nationally in April 2006 on public television stations across America to coincide with Jazz Appreciation Month. Each show in the series is theme based and includes conversation and performances by today's most important jazz and jazz related musicians, including: Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, Dave Brubeck, Dr. Billy Taylor, David Sanborn, Phil Woods, Pat Metheny, George Duke, Lee Ritenour, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, Chris Botti, Ivan Lins, Ray Barretto, Dave Valentin, Keb' Mo', Robert Cray, Jane Monheit, Benny Golson, and many more.

"This is America's art form," Ramsey Lewis, co-chairman of LRSmedia and the Executive Producer of the series said. "Jazz continues to provide inspiration to musicians around the globe and to influence artists in a wide range of fields. I believe as you watch the shows, you will notice not only the memorable individual performances, but also the energy and excitement created when great artists react and respond to each other. I will admit that having the opportunity to jam on the closing theme with so many great players and singers was beyond my wildest dreams."

Season one episodes of Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis:

-The Golden Horns with Clark Terry, Chris Botti, and Roy Hargrove
-The Jazz Singers with Al Jarreau and Kurt Elling
-The Great Guitars with Pat Metheny and Jim Hall
-Contemporary Jazz with George Duke, Lee Ritenour, and Marcus Miller
-The Altos with David Sanborn and Phil Woods
-The Piano Masters with Dave Brubeck and Billy Taylor
-Roots: The Blues with Robert Cray and Keb' Mo'
-American Songbook with Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli
-Latin Jazz with Eddie Palmieri and Dave Valentin
-The Tenors with Benny Golson, Chris Potter and Marcus Strickland
-Brazilian Jazz with Ivan Lins and Oscar Castro-Neves
-The Killer Bs with Joey DeFrancesco and Dr. Lonnie Smith
-NEA Jazz Masters 2006 with Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, and Ray Barretto

Performance highlights from the series will be released in a DVD/CD set called Showcase, which will be available in late April. The first season will be released in three volumes DVDs with companion audio CDs, starting with Volume 1 in late May.

To preview the series, visit www.legendsofjazz.net.

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Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis "Showcase" CD & DVD Performances

1. "Take 5" - Al Jarreau and Kurt Elling
2. "My Funny Valentine" - Chris Botti
3. "The Panther" - Marcus Miller, George Duke, Lee Ritenour
4. "Señor Blues" - David Sanborn and Phil Woods
5. "Armando's Rhumba" - Chick Corea
6. "12 Year Old Boy" - Robert Cray and Keb' Mo'
7. "Killer Joe" - Benny Golson
8. "The Island" - Ivan Lins
9. "Mumbles" - Clark Terry
10. "They Can't Take That Away From Me" - Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli
11. "Obsession" - Dave Valentin
12. "Take the 'A Train" - Dave Brubeck and Billy Taylor
13. "Dear Lord" - Ramsey Lewis

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