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See Jam Blues: Video, Sound & the Home Theater Experience

How smart TVs, projectors and other video gear can expand the jazz experience

I spent much of my youth sitting in the den listening to Miles and Bird and Mahavishnu Orchestra records through headphones. My family was often in the same room watching Happy Days and Three’s Company, but my eyes were shut tight. In my isolation, I might have missed some ’70s pop culture, but I wasn’t missing anything as a jazz fan. How times have changed! In 2011, if video isn’t a part of your jazz diet, you’re literally and figuratively ignoring a big part of the picture.

Of course, many great jazz performances can be found on cable/satellite TV, DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The Internet is also a major source of jazz video, through sources such as YouTube. If you’re not checking out some of this great material-for example, John Scofield’s New Morning: The Paris Concert (Inakustik) on Blu-ray or DVD, or videos of the likes of Trane and Monk on YouTube-your jazz explorations are incomplete.

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