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Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual

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Jazz and television have not always been the best of friends, but for almost a decade there was one place on television where jazz musicians could always count on a hospitable and sympathetic welcome. That place was
"Jazz Casual," a half-hour series produced and hosted by Ralph J. Gleason and broadcast on National Educational Television, the precursor to the Public Broadcasting System.

Devoid of fancy camerawork or other gimmicks, "Jazz Casual" gave musicians the opportunity to be themselves in something very close to their natural habitat. Its set was as relaxed as any nightclub, and if it didn't offer the kind of feedback a fired-up nightclub audience can provide, it had the next best thing in Gleason, an audience of one who was as knowledgeable as he was enthusiastic, and who had a knack for making his guests feel at home. The interviews he conducted with the musicians were an important part of the "Jazz Casual" mix, and helped to illuminate the human stories behind the music for a generation of viewers.

Jimmy Witherspoon and Jimmy Rushing's Jazz Casual appearances capture these veterans of the blues in the best possible setting.

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RULES & FINE PRINT: All entries must be received by March 15, 2001, via email or post (toJazz Casual Contest, Coconut Grove Media, PO Box 3227, Napa, CA 94558). Employees and families of Coconut Grove Media and Koch International.or subsidiaries are not eligible to win. Sorry, no non-US entries allowed. Five entries will be drawn at random on April 1, 2001 to determine the winners. Void where prohibited.

   



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