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DVD Series Features Rare Concert Footage of Jazz Icons

Although many of the early creators and masterminds of jazz have passed on, fans of any age can now watch vintage, unseen concerts from legends like Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald (pictured), thanks to a new DVD series, “Jazz Icons,” from Reelin’ in the Years Productions.

The nine-DVD series has been called “nothing but the best in content and presentation” by author Dan Morgenstern, and presents live, unreleased performances from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The series also features Chet Baker, Count Basie, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk, Quincy Jones and Buddy Rich, and is comprised of one disc for each performer.

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