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New Documentary Explores Contemporary Jazz

Jason Moran

A four-part documentary, Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense, will air on the Documentary Channel on four consecutive Mondays beginning April 20, following its world premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 15.

The film series examines the world of contemporary jazz looking at today’s brightest talent. Featuring live footage and interviews, the films include many current jazz icons including The Bad Plus, Terence Blanchard, Jason Moran, Ravi Coltrane, the Benevento-Russo Duo, Robert Glasper, Charlie Hunter, Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Medeski Martin and Wood. The films also feature these performers’ predecessors and influences, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis. The films will be shown at 9 P.M. ET/PT.

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