Brownstone Digital, Inc. announced this week that it has launched Jazz It Up!, an online, interactive jazz news and entertainment program. The show will air bi-weekly (or twice a month), co-produced and hosted by reputable jazz authority Greg Thomas. Thomas has worked with the Jazz Museum in Harlem, writes for All About Jazz-NY and contributes jazz radio programs on WBAI-NY (99.5 FM).
During programming, viewers will be able to click on the video screen to receive information on the program or artist they are watching. According to the press release, upcoming shows will present features on grand masters Jon Hendricks (at Birdland) and Grady Tate (from the Blue Note); saxophonist Tia Fuller (now playing in Beyonce’s all-female backup group) at Sweet Rhythm; the recent IAJE conference, with performance clips and interviews with a range of artists including NEA Jazz Master Nancy Wilson (and recent Grammy Award-winner), trumpeter Jon Faddis (pictured) and saxophonist Donald Harrison; local Harlem organ legend Jimmy “Preacher” Robins live at Showman’s, and much more, for instance an education segment featuring jazz education consultant Laura Johnson and Robert O’Meally, Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University.