First release to be 'Legends of Jazz.'
WEA has signed a deal to serve as U.S. distributor for LRSmedia’s DVD, CD, digital and wireless music products. LRSmedia, founded by venture investor, Lee Rosenberg, music industry producer/entrepreneur, Larry Rosen, and multi-Grammy winner, Ramsey Lewis, creates and produces original branded music programming, which is distributed also targeted to television, radio, the Internet, wireless devices, and live touring events.
The first product to be released under the agreement will be a weekly “Legends of Jazz” series, hosted by Ramsey Lewis, which will launch in April 2006 on Public Television stations around the country. The series will feature performances and conversations with top jazz and blues artists including Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Dave Brubeck, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, Chris Botti, Eddie Palmieri, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Robert Cray, among others.
In order to brand the concept, thee TV show will also be supplemented by a Legends of Jazz weekly radio show, a multi-city touring package, a website, and of course, DVD, CD and digital and wireless product releases. Additional branded properties are currently under production for release in 2007 and 2008.
Rosen, one of the founders of GRP, is an industry executive who early embraced the possiblities the Internet offered. In the mid 1990’s he was one of the founders of Music Boulevard, an early online CD store, and also started the N2K Encoded Music record label.