Jazz Icons featuring full-length concerts and studio performances by the greatest legends of jazz, filmed all over the world from the 1950s through the 1970s. Each of these DVDs features rare performances that have never before been officially released on home video, and in many cases, were never broadcast.
Each DVD features a 16-page booklet with an essay written by an authoritative jazz historian as well as rare and unseen photos. Jazz Icons DVDs are produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates, who, in most cases, are contributing rare personal photographs, memorabilia, and forewords.
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers * Live in ‘58
Dizzy Gillespie * Live in ‘58 & ‘70
Louis Armstrong * Live in ‘59
Quincy Jones * Live in ‘60
Thelonious Monk * Live in ‘66
Buddy Rich * Live in ‘78
Ella Fitzgerald * Live in ‘57 & ‘63
Count Basie * Live in ‘62
Chet Baker * Live in ‘64 & ‘79
“The release of Jazz Icons is like the unearthing of a musical time capsule--an audio-visual treasure trove of the music that changed the world. From Big Band and Bebop to Dixieland and Cool, it‘s all here and it all swings. These jazz legends, from Dizzy and Count to Louis and Ella, are the Bachs and Beethovens of our generation. From an educational standpoint this series is a gift to our culture. I‘m honored to be a featured part of it, but I‘m more thrilled just to sit down and watch it with my grandkids.“ Quincy Jones
''Louis Armstrong‘s sound transcends time and style. This DVD captures that intangible power and allows us to gaze upon it in wonder.“ Wynton Marsalis