Icons Among Us: Jazz In The Present Tense DVD & VOD Release Set
Crafted from the four-part series continually airing on the Documentary Channel, the documentary feature film examines the world of modern day jazz through the eyes of today's brightest talent.
The film also features these performers' legendary predecessors and influences including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves and Wynton Marsalis. The Huffington Post calls the film "a celebration of the roots of the creative process," while the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hails the film as "an exhilarating look at jazz right now."
Along with the upcoming DVD/VOD release of the feature length film, Icons Among Us is scheduled to screen globally in China, Europe, Africa and South America as part of the American Film Institute's Project: 20/20. It has previously screened as an event and on the film festival circuit in markets including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon.
Additionally, the full four-part television series which originally aired on the Documentary Channel—hailed by All About Jazz as "without a doubt the best series on jazz that's ever been produced"—will be screened in its entirety at the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (September 18 & 19).
Icons Among Us begins by directly challenging perceptions of what jazz is and what it is becoming by examining its innovative new voices as well as their influential forebears. The film goes on to explore a vast array of topics including the contemporary take on straight ahead and free jazz, the migration of jazz to Europe and jazz's expansion beyond its own boundaries into other musical genres including hip-hop and rock.
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