Bret Primack

Bret’s Contributions


07/22/11    Jazz Video Guy

Are Some Jazz Writers Republicans?

Jazz Video Guy gets political in a recent video post


07/08/11    Jazz Video Guy

Two MInutes with Mr. T: Stanley Turrentine

Bret Primack, aka the Jazz Video Guy, posts video of 1997 performance by saxophonist with Billy Taylor on piano, Rufus Reid on bass and Roger Humphries on drums


07/01/11    Jazz Video Guy

The Best Jazz Show Ever Broadcast on TV

Bret Primack, aka the Jazz Video Guy, posts a video of a noted 1958 television show, hosted by Gilbert Seldes with musical direction by Billy Taylor


06/24/11    Jazz Video Guy

Michael Brecker & David Liebman

Performance by the two saxophonists, plus interview with Brecker

06/17/11    Jazz Video Guy

Sonny Rollins: Getting It Back Together

The Jazz Video Guy posts his award-winning video of Sonny Rollins

06/10/11    Jazz Video Guy

The Importance of Jazz Education

The Jazz Video Guy posts a video from the Jazz Education Network conference earlier this year


06/03/11    Jazz Video Guy

Why Jazz Video Guy?

Bret Primack, aka Jazz Video Guy, explains how and why he does what he does

05/26/11    Jazz Video Guy

Miles Davis 1971: To Wah Wah or Not to Wah Wah

Jazz Video Guy presents a video in which Sonny Rollins and Gary Bartz discuss Miles Davis and his 1971 band

05/20/11    Jazz Video Guy

Maynard Ferguson Meets Miles Davis, Clark Terry and Clifford Brown

Bret Primack presents a video of an interview he did for JazzTimes with the late Maynard Ferguson from 1998

05/13/11    Jazz Video Guy

Paul Carr with Randy Brecker at The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

Bret Primack, aka the Jazz Video Guy, shares video of performance by saxophonist Paul Carr with special guest Randy Brecker

05/06/11    Jazz Video Guy

Bob Mintzer & the Thornton Jazz Orchestra

Bret Primack, aka The Jazz Video Guy, shares video of saxophonist leading jazz orchestra from USC

04/29/11    Jazz Video Guy

JEN Conference in New Orleans

The Jazz Video Guy shares his video of highlights from the Jazz Education Network conference held in New Orleans in January 2011

04/22/11    Jazz Video Guy

Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, David Liebman: Locomotion

Jazz Video Guy posts performance by Saxophone Summit performing John Coltrane's "Locomotion"


04/15/11    Jazz Video Guy

Phil Markowitz, Joe Lovano and the Saxophone Summit: Coltrane's Meditations Suite

The Jazz Video Guy shares his video of the group performing with Manhattan School of Music Orchestra

04/08/11    Jazz Video Guy

Jimmy Heath: Why Ben Webster Learned the Lyrics

The Jazz Video Guy captures legendary saxophonist during Before & After session moderated by Larry Appelbaum


04/01/11    Jazz Video Guy

Sonny Rollins: Gettin' It Back Together

Jazz Video Guy speaks with the saxophonist about his Chicago days

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About Bret Primack


A journalist who has published hundreds of articles and liner notes, Bret Primack is a graduate of NYU Film School who has worked in documentaries and industrials. He returned 
to filmmaking in 2004 when he began producing videos for jazz musicians. The debut of YouTube
 and the opportunity for global distribution was the catalyst for his nickname, Jazz Video Guy. Bret's YouTube channel now features more than 600 videos which have nearly 17 million views.

Writer/Video Journalist Bret Primack has been at the forefront of new media since he co-founded
 Jazz Central Station in 1995. In 1997 he was the first Jazz blogger with Bird Lives, where, 
as the Pariah, his heartfelt diatribes struck a responsive chord in the music industry. 
Bret has also created websites for Sonny Rollins, Billy Taylor, and Joe Lovano, among many others.

"When I I first started posting jazz video in the Spring of 2006, web video was just getting started and there
 were plenty of skeptics,” Bret explains. “But now, five years later, video is the most heavily utilized part of the web. Today, people
 can jump on YouTube and check out John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. That ability to watch so many jazz artists on demand is one the reasons for the tremendous popularity of Jazz on YouTube.”