[JPL] Jazz it Up! Nominated for Global Media Award

Gregory Thomas gtjazz22 at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 29 12:01:20 EDT 2008



Jazz It Up! Nominated for Global Media Award

New York, NY – The web’s first interactive video series devoted to jazz, Jazz it Up!, has been nominated for a Global Media Award, in the category of Outstanding Long Form – Entertainment. 

A
partnership between The National Academy of Television Arts &
Sciences and the Consumer Electronics Association, the Global Media
Awards honor excellence in the creative adaptation of technology that
enhances video programming or content. 

Jazz it Up! submitted a five-minute excerpt from the half-hour 6th episode from
Season One. The show featured bassist Christian McBride, leading his
Inside Straight quintet at the Village Vanguard, and a young sax
prodigy from Italy, Francesco Cafiso, playing with strings
accompaniment at Birdland. Veteran bassist Stanley Clarke was the focus
of the “Jazz Spotlight” segment, at the Blue Note. “Jazz Friends”
Terence Blanchard and Charles Fambrough recalled their time in Art
Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The “Vintage” segment featured the one
and only Louis Armstrong playing “Back Home in Indiana,” courtesy of
Jazz Icons.

See episode six from Season One of Jazz it Up! here: http://www.brownstonedigital.com/jazzitup/jazzitupep6.html.  

The
judging criteria for the Global Media Awards are based on: content,
creativity, execution, technological achievement, efficacy, and impact.
The Outstanding Long Form category recognizes programming and
approaches developed and implemented for consumption and delivery by
other than linear broadcast television, in programs greater than 10
minutes.
 
“As
one of America’s artistic gifts to the world, I believe jazz should be
shared and disseminated on all platforms possible,” says Greg Thomas,
host of Jazz it Up! “I’ve written about jazz for 20 years, host jazz radio programs, and work with jazz organizations. But Jazz it Up! engages and empowers jazz fans and newcomers by embracing new media like the Internet, Video-on-Demand, and mobile.”

George Moorer, Jr., creator and producer of Jazz it Up!,
adds: “Modern digital technology now enables professionals and lay
persons to create engaging content at a much lower cost, with no
sacrifice of creativity. We’re proud and honored that our series on
jazz music has been nominated in the very first year of the Global
Media Awards.” 

The
winners in the Global Media Award categories will be announced at their
awards banquet ceremony on January 8, 2009 at the International
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

About Jazz it Up!                                                                                                        

Jazz it Up!,
a production of BrownStone Digital, Inc., contains live performances,
news, and discussions by artists playing the array of styles that make
jazz. Program segments are designed to engage viewers through different
angles of insight into the art form. Our editing style appeals to a
younger demographic while maintaining the class mature viewers expect.
This is the only online music series that incorporates: streaming
interactive video; mp4 sound technology; banner and video ads; features
for sharing and feedback, with a distribution model exploiting the
low-cost viral nature of email. The show has been viewed by nearly
1,000,000 people in 15 countries. Any user of Apple’s iPhone can view
our half-hour episodes. In fall 2008 Tivo’s Video-on-Demand service
will add Jazz it Up! to
the roster of shows available to its 4 million subscribers. Swing by,
subscribe for free and view the most recent episode of Jazz it Up! at:  www.JazzitUptv.com 

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 

The
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a
professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the
arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative
leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within
the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with
the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime
Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public &
Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business &
Financial Reporting.  Regional Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions
across the United States. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive
educational programs including National Student Television and its
Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high
school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major
activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  

About CEA

The
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade
association promoting growth in the $161 billion U.S. consumer
electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of
CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research,
technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering
of business and strategic relationships.  CEA also sponsors and manages
the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business
Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry
services.  


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