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KCET to Broadcast Brubeck and Eastwood Docs
KCET TO BROADCAST CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED
'DAVE BRUBECK: IN HIS OWN SWEET WAY' AND
'CLINT EASTWOOD: OUT OF THE SHADOWS'
ON FEBRUARY 8, 2011
Angeles - February 7, 2011 - KCET, independent public media for Southern and
Central California, today announced a night of specials celebrating
entertainment icons Clint Eastwood and Dave Brubeck on Tuesday, February 8,
highlighted with the broadcast of the critically acclaimed Dave Brubeck: In His
Own Sweet Way, a film by Bruce Ricker presented by Clint Eastwood, at 8:00 p.m. The
classic documentary Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows, also directed by Ricker
begins the night at 9:30 p.m.
KCET Special Event is made possible by Clint Eastwood, Bruce Ricker, Bruce M.
Ramer, Warner Bros. and Turner Classic Movies. The Warner Home Video/Turner Classic Movies release of Dave Brubeck: In
His Own Sweet Way will be available on DVD and for online digital
download early this summer.
"We welcome the opportunity to pay tribute to two of America's
great artists, who have enriched all of our lives," said Bret Marcus, KCET
Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer. "In acknowledging Eastwood the
film icon, we also acknowledge his lifelong love for jazz, so evident in his
tribute to Brubeck. We hope to present more special events like this on the new
Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows -- Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven co-star Morgan Freeman
narrates this entertaining examination of Eastwood's successful
career, which was produced for PBS's "American Masters" series. The
program explores actor/director Clint Eastwood and his art by juxtaposing each
major stage in his life with a corresponding stage in the thematic development
of his work. Clint Eastwood tells his own story, from his childhood in
Depression-era Northern California, to life in the stratosphere of fame and
several decades, the program highlights the Oscar winner's roles in everything
from Play Misty for Me to Dirty Harry to Space Cowboys. The program includes archival footage, memorable film clips,
commentary and interviews with Gene Hackman, James Garner, director Curtis
Hanson, and many others. The film was directed by Bruce Ricker and written by
Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way had
its world premiere in New York at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter
Reade Theater in December.
Legendary musician and California native Dave Brubeck -- who helped lead a
worldwide jazz renaissance in the early '50s and who, more than a half-century
later (at ninety years old), continues to delight audiences -- is the subject
of this new in-depth documentary executive produced by another piano-playing
great, Clint Eastwood.
Bruce Ricker (Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me, Thelonius Monk: Straight No
Chaser) blends unseen archival film and photographs, recent and past
interviews, vintage performances and new ones filmed exclusively for the
documentary to create a lyrical tribute to Brubeck's life and career.
Highlights also include revealing conversations and reflections from Eastwood
and fellow Brubeck enthusiasts such as President Bill Clinton, George Lucas,
Sting, Bill Cosby, Yo-Yo Ma, Jamie Cullum, Keith Emerson, David Benoit and
others. Alec Baldwin narrates.
Brubeck's career in American music, both as a composer and pianist, is now in
its seventh decade and headed towards its eighth, with his creative abilities
unabated. Brubeck's albums have sold nearly three million copies to date.* His
experiments in odd time signatures, and other musical improvisations and forms
remain hallmarks of innovation, and many of his songs, like Take Five, Blue
Rondo a la Turk, Unsquare Dance and Pickup Sticks have become classics.
long-time musical partner, "alto saxophonist supreme" Paul Desmond, wrote the
Dave Brubeck Quartet's most famous tune, Take Five which was the first purely
instrumental jazz tune to break the one million mark in single's sales. It
remains, to this day, the top-selling jazz single. The album ("Time Out") on
which Take Five was featured is the top-selling jazz album of all time.
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