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BET Airs Studio Jams

If you’ve been watching the BET on Jazz cable channel recently you may have caught glimpse of artists like Pat Martino, Arturo Sandoval and Joey DeFrancesco in the studio, playing with the likes of Gerald Veasley (pictured), Larry Carlton and Victor Wooten. If so, you were likely watching Studio Jams, an hour-long show that brings together musicians you might not expect to see sharing a studio space for the simple purpose of creating new music in front of the camera. BET on Jazz began airing Studio Jams after making a distribution deal with the show’s production company, Philadelphia-based Ace Entertainment.

Each episode of Studio Jams takes places at Sigma Sound recordings studios, the Philly landmark where hometown greats Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff created “the Philly sound,” and chronicles a recording session featuring five or so name musicians. Musicians are seen and heard composing, jamming and making music in the moment. Many of the artists haven’t worked together before; banjo player Bela Fleck decided to be on the show just because it offered him the opportunity to play with Pat Martino; guitarist Larry Carlton flew out from L.A. just to groove along with Joey DeFrancesco’s B3 licks.

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