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Jazz Icons is an ongoing DVD series featuring full-length concerts and in-studio performances by the greatest legends of jazz filmed all over the world from the 1950s through the 1970s. Beautifully transferred from the original masters, none of these concerts has ever been officially released on home video, and in many cases, the material was never broadcast. Quincy Jones writes about the series: "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." Ira Gitler, co-author of 'The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Oxford) write: "These nine historic DVDs are among the most important visual/aural documents to be mined from the ever-yielding, seemingly hidden jazz treasury. Now, most importantly, they are available to the entire world."
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