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The Masters of Jazz Collection in June

Metrodome Distribution have announced the UK DVD release of their Masters of Jazz Collection for 27th June 2005 priced at £39.99. The Masters of Jazz collection begins with A History of Jazz disc, featuring two introductory films. Bluesland – A Portrait In American Music contains both rare and contemporary footage, exploring the poetic irony, sly humour, eroticism and timeless power of the music that underlies jazz and seeps into the sounds of the great musicians profiled in The Masters Of Jazz collection. The Story Of Jazz offers an introduction to some of jazz’s pivotal figures, looking at the history of jazz from its beginnings among African slaves to its penetration of popular music.

From there, viewers are taken on a musical extravaganza through 3 further discs exploring the legendary personalities in the history of jazz. The lives of such great names as Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and TheLonious Monk are depicted through short films containing previously unseen footage, performances and interviews with musical personalities.

The second disc, The Jazz Pioneers looks at the two great names in the world of jazz, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie. Satchmo – The Life of Louis Armstrong explores the world of a man who is seen as a symbol of 20th Century American Culture. As well as being one of the most famous trumpeters, Louis Armstrong was one of the key jazz pioneers and entertainers. Satchmo looks at the ‘Ambassador of Love’ and his fight to conquer poverty and racism to become America’s most original musician. Count Basie – Swingin’ The Blues captures the greatest tempo man who was responsible for getting people up on their feet and dancing. The program, written by Count Basie’s biographer, Albert Murray, has a true insider’s perspective into the pianist and band leader with soul.

Vocal Legends, the third disc in the Collection is dedicated to the rich and luxurious tones of Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Ray Charles – The Genius of Soul explores the colourful life and loves of this American musical master, his involvement with drugs, his passion for music and the brave musical steps that captured so many hearts. Lady Day – The Many Faces of Billie Holiday focuses on the great jazz singer that was a legend in her time and the creator of modern jazz singing along with Louis Armstrong. Through interviews with friends, and films clips, the life of Billie Holiday is retold focusing on her triumphs and tribulations, her trademark of a white Gardenia in her hair, and the success she found as one of the first black women to tour with a white band. Sarah Vaughan – The Divine One is a biography of an artist with a voice spanning three octaves, and a career spanning nearly five decades. Interviews with her family and colleagues reveal the person behind the voice and her growth from gospel choir singer to one of this century’s most glorious jazz and pop singers.

The final disc in The Masters of Jazz focuses on the Jazz Innovators who changed the way of music forever. Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker paints a colourful portrait of the man behind the Saxophone. Tracing his life and love of music this film highlights his appetite for new harmonies and melodies that allowed Parker to bring the new music of the 40’s and 50’s to the peak of perfection, while at the same time focusing on his insatiable appetite for drink and drugs. The World According to John Coltrane takes an in depth look into the world of a man who uprooted the musical conventions of his time. Concentrating on his music and spirituality, the program highlights how Coltrane brought traditional cultures from all corners of the world into the mainstream of Western culture. Thelonious Monk: American Composer offers a wealth of live performance footage as the old haunts and residences of The Monk are revisited. Individual in his approach to music, Thelonious Monk was one of jazz’s first major composers who shamefully received only marginal recognition until the late 1950’s.

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