Some of the greatest filmed recordings of jazz might have sat collecting dust for decades, or forever, had it not been for the curiosity and dedication of one company and its Jazz Icons series. Since 2006, the American company, Reelin’ in the Years Productions, has issued four sets, each of seven DVDs, presenting top-flight live-recording footage of jazz greats. The company has found the footage in the vaults of television stations and networks, most in Europe, that did what few, if any, American stations did in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, nor since – and is unlikely to do in the future.
Digging the Jazz Icons from TV Archives
posted December 2, 2010