LRSmedia ANNOUNCES LEGENDS OF JAZZ â€œSHOWCASEâ€ ON BLU-RAY DISC
Celebrated TV Series Featuring Jazz Greats Is One of the First Music Releases On The Blu-ray High Definition Format
CHICAGO, IL (October 09, 2006) â€“ LRSmedia today announced that it will release the critically-acclaimed LEGENDS OF JAZZ â€œSHOWCASEâ€ on Blu-ray Disc. â€œSHOWCASEâ€ features 13 stunning performances from the TV series LEGENDS OF JAZZ hosted by GRAMMYÂ® award-winning pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis and produced by award-winning music producer and LRSmedia co-chairman Larry Rosen. This ground-breaking debut Blu-ray Disc will be promoted worldwide via a strategic marketing agreement with Samsung Electronics.
â€œSHOWCASEâ€ on Blu-ray Disc highlights 13 extraordinary live performances featured in the TV series LEGENDS OF JAZZ with Ramsey Lewis that aired on PBS stations nationwide beginning in April 2006. â€œSHOWCASEâ€ brings to life some of the nationâ€™s biggest names in Jazz and Blues such as Al Jarreau, Chris Botti, David Sanborn, Chick Corea, Robert Cray, and Dave Brubeck, and features combinations of artists who in many cases have never performed together before. These once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and performances were shot in multi-camera high-definition TV with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound to provide the highest quality viewing and listening experience.
â€œIn the past I had the opportunity to help launch the delivery of music from the LP to the CD,
and today at LRSmedia we are taking a leadership role by releasing high definition music content on Blu-ray,â€ said Larry Rosen. â€œCapturing the electrifying performances by these amazing LEGENDS OF JAZZ artists on Blu-ray is a truly unique demonstration of this revolutionary format. For the first time music consumers at home can experience what we see in the studioâ€¦itâ€™s thrillingâ€.
â€œAs an artist itâ€™s exciting to be at the leading edge of innovation in music entertainment,â€ said Ramsey Lewis, co-chairman of LRSmedia and legendary Chicago jazz musician. â€œWith the release of â€œSHOWCASEâ€ on Blu-ray Disc, we can truly bring the allure of live jazz and these legendary artists into the home.â€
The new Blu-ray LEGENDS OF JAZZ â€œSHOWCASEâ€ offers the latest audio technology from industry leaders, including Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD and PCM Stereo, as well as enhanced video for high definition.
Added Lee â€œRosyâ€ Rosenberg, President and CEO of LRSmedia, â€œI was waiting for the day when technology would be in place for high definition recorded products. Seeing Blu-ray for the first time convinced me of the opportunity for LRSmedia to lead the way in the introduction of this terrific achievement. We, at LRSmedia, pride ourselves on offering the music enthusiast a 360Â° entertainment experience and LEGENDS OF JAZZ â€œSHOWCASEâ€ on Blu-ray is the finest technology has to offer today in audio/visual entertainment.â€
In addition, LRSmedia has partnered with Samsung Electronics to further demonstrate the capabilities of the Blu-ray format. In the U.S, a performance from â€œSHOWCASEâ€ will be included in the featured discs used in Samsungâ€™s retail accounts to show consumers the enhanced viewing and listening experience of Blu-ray. In Europe, consumers will receive a complimentary copy of LEGENDS OF JAZZ â€œSHOWCASEâ€ on Blu-ray Disc with the purchase of any cutting edge Samsung Blu-ray player.
Craig Eggers, Senior Partner Marketing of Dolby Laboratories comments, â€œIn many circles, Jazz is regarded as the crowning achievement of musicianship and musical performance. In much the same way, playback of music videos, and movie tracks on Blu-ray software are equally transformed by Dolby TrueHD lossless audio technology. With 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD, the music enthusiast can enjoy - in their home - the full essence of the entire performance, just as it happened on the stage, concert hall or in the studio. Every nuance of this extraordinary musicianship is captured. Nothing is lost. Dolby TrueHD audio recreates the entire performance, just as it happened."
Eggers concluded "Dolby Laboratories congratulates LRSmedia for their foresight in bringing these exciting LEGENDS OF JAZZ musical performances to the enthusiast...in HD video and high definition Dolby TrueHD audio."
LRS media has partnered with Deluxe Digital Studios for the production of LEGENDS OF JAZZ â€œSHOWCASEâ€ on Blu-ray Disc. Deluxe Digital Studios is the world's leader in compression and authoring services for DVD, High Definition DVD (HD-DVD and Blu-ray) and Digital Download-To-Own technologies providing comprehensive solutions for the Home Entertainment market. "Deluxe Digital Studios is very proud to be the technology provider for the LEGENDS OF JAZZ Blu-ray launch. These performances in high definition imagery and high quality audio will set a new standard for the viewer,â€ said Ron Martin, Vice President of Engineering.
LEGENDS OF JAZZ â€œSHOWCASEâ€ on Blu-ray Disc will be available October 24, 2006 and contains 13 musical performances including â€œTake Fiveâ€ by Al Jarreau & Kurt Elling, â€œMy Funny Valentineâ€ by Chris Botti, and a stellar performance of John Coltraneâ€™s classic â€œDear Lordâ€ by host Ramsey Lewis. The disc will also include bonus features including a photo gallery and artist biographies as well as seamless menu navigation so viewers can jump to and review the different features and songs without interrupting the current performance. â€œSHOWCASEâ€ Blu-ray as well as other LEGENDS OF JAZZ DVD/CD products are distributed by WEA and available at music stores, online retailers and at www.legendsofjazz.net
The 13 live performances making their high definition debut are:
1. â€œTake Fiveâ€ - Al Jarreau and Kurt Elling
2. â€œMy Funny Valentineâ€ - Chris Botti
3. â€œThe Pantherâ€ - Marcus Miller, George Duke, Lee Ritenour
4. â€œSeÃ±or Bluesâ€ - David Sanborn and Phil Woods
5. â€œArmandoâ€™s Rhumbaâ€ - Chick Corea
6. â€œ12 Year Old Boyâ€ - Robert Cray and Kebâ€™ Moâ€™
7. â€œKiller Joeâ€ - Benny Golson
8. â€œThe Islandâ€ - Ivan Lins
9. â€œMumblesâ€ â€“ Clark Terry
10. â€œThey Canâ€™t Take That Away From Meâ€ - Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli
11. â€œObsessionâ€ - Dave Valentin
12. â€œTake the â€˜Aâ€™ Trainâ€ - Dave Brubeck and Billy Taylor
13. â€œDear Lordâ€ â€“ Ramsey Lewis
About LRSmedia, LLC
LRSmedia, LLC, founded by music industry veterans Lee Rosenberg, Larry Rosen, and Ramsey Lewis, develops adult-oriented music brands and products, created in multi-camera HDTV and Dolby Surround 5.1 audio. LRSmedia markets its product through a 360Â° experience including television, national print, nationally syndicated radio, CD and DVD products, online entertainment, news and e-commerce, live concert tours and educational and community outreach programs. By creating music brands and leveraging interrelated programming to market artists and music under the brand umbrellas, LRSmedia reaches more consumers in a more compelling manner than traditional music companies. At present, LRSmedia brands include â€œLEGENDS OF JAZZ,â€ â€œMusical Stars of the Future,â€ and â€œSoundstage: The Archivesâ€ â€“ with more in development. For more information, visit www.lrsmedia.net