A major event is taking place in the world of Jazz-the release of the Jazz Icons DVD Series featuring filmed concerts by the most pivotal and influential jazz artists of the 20th century.
To begin the series is one of the only known complete Louis Armstrong concerts from the 1950s to be captured on film. This 1959 concert, filmed in Belgium and backed by his stellar band, the All-Stars, captures the great man in all his glory as both a jazz pioneer and an entertainer without peer.
Each of the nine Jazz Icons? DVDs features one or more concerts filmed live in television studios and concert halls throughout Europe during one of the most creative periods in jazz history. None of these performances has ever been officially released, and in many cases, the material was never originally broadcast. In addition, every performance in the Jazz Icons DVD series has been re-transferred and re-mastered from the best-quality, original masters yielding excellent sound and video.
Each DVD also includes a 16-page booklet with an extensive essay written by an established jazz writer and historian (Ira Gitler, Michael Cuscuna, Will Friedwald, Rob Bowman and others) In addition, each booklet includes previously unseen photos and memorabilia.