Ramsey Lewis to Host Jazz Series on PBS

Classic Arts News   Ramsey Lewis to Host Jazz Series on PBS
 
A new PBS series called Legends of Jazz, featuring the winners of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters award, will debut with a one-hour special on June 16, the NEA announced. The series will continue in the fall with 13 half-hour episodes.

Pianist Ramsey Lewis, who currently broadcasts a daily radio show in Chicago and a Legends of Jazz radio series, will serve as the new show's host. It will include live performances and conversation with musicians.

According to the NEA, the program will be the first weekly national network series about jazz in 40 years.

The one-hour special will feature appearances by vocalist Jon Hendricks and Nancy Wilson, saxophonists James Moody and Paquito D'Rivera, and impresario George Wein, the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival. All are winners of the Jazz Masters award, the nation's highest honor for jazz musicians. In addition, the teenage vocalist Ren_e Olstead will perform.


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