Scorsese, PBS Working On Six-Part Blues Series

Martin Scorsese is executive-producing "The Blues," a six-part series that will air on PBS in 2003, Billboard Bulletin reports. A source says that unlike recent PBS series such as "Ken Burns Jazz" and

Martin Scorsese is executive-producing "The Blues," a six-part series that will air on PBS in 2003, Billboard Bulletin reports. A source says that unlike recent PBS series such as "Ken Burns Jazz" and "American Roots Music," each episode of "The Blues" will have a different director, and the programs will be organized thematically rather than chronologically. Wim Wenders ("Buena Vista Social Club") and Spike Lee are attached to the project.

Last Friday, Wenders filmed a program devoted to North Mississippi hill country blues at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. The concert featured Othar Turner, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Lucinda Williams, T-Model Ford, Corey Harris, the North Mississippi All Stars, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Plans for a soundtrack album are not yet firm but could involve more than one major-label catalog division.