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KCET to air concert documentary on UCLA jazz professor Kenny Burrell

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Los Angeles public television station KCET will air a concert documentary featuring Kenny Burrell, UCLA professor of ethnomusicology and director of jazz studies, on Thursday, March 8, at 9 p.m. Produced at UCLA, "Kenny Burrell: Jazz Master and Mentor," a 90-minute program on the life and career of the legendary guitarist, weaves interviews and archival footage with performances and behind-the-scenes action at Burrell’s 80th birthday celebration in Royce Hall on the campus.
 
Featuring performances by B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Lalo Schifrin and Dee Dee Bridgewater, the UCLA Live concert was photographed as an homage to jazz album covers from the 1950s and 1960s. The show features the premiere performance of the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited and a standout set from the Jazz Heritage All Stars. Interviews with Professor Burrell and his peers in Los Angeles and his hometown of Detroit tell the story of his commitment to the future of jazz, as a performer and teacher.

The show is part of KCET's new "Open Call" series showcasing Los Angeles' vibrant arts community. Hosted by internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzmàn, the weekly series includes performances in Southern California, unique works and full-length company and artist profiles.
 
"Kenny Burrell: Jazz Master and Mentor" was produced by UCLA Communications and Public Outreach, in association with KCET. The producers for UCLA are Matt Boatright-Simon and Sebastian Hernandez. The supervising producer is Kevin Roderick. Assistance was provided by the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, the Herb Alpert School of Music and Friends of Jazz at UCLA. More information at the KCET website.
 
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