For immediate release
September 18, 2000
Laura Gross, NPR
202-414-2300
lgross@npr.org

National Public Radio Launches New Jazz Web Site www.NPRJazz.org

Washington, DC- Music fans can now navigate a single Web site from NPR® to discover and explore one of the most important genres in the history of music and the history of America - jazz. NPRJazz.org is a new site that brings the sound, history and regional flavor of this country's music to life on the Internet, creating a unique Web experience for jazz fans around the world. Visitors to NPRJazz.org will find a wealth of music, text, photos, audio, interviews and stories from NPR, exclusive concert Webcasts, jazz CD and book reviews and Web-only articles.

NPRJazz.org pays homage to jazz history and education with enhanced pieces on artists such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. The site also focuses on the contemporary jazz scene, as in its coverage of the recent 2000 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. Complementing this content are short audio features that explain jazz music theory and history, as well as rhythms, instruments, melodies and regional styles of jazz. In the coming months, NPRJazz.org will expand its offerings with audio and educational content from the NPR Jazz archives, enhance interactive features on the site, and continue its timely coverage of jazz events, including the upcoming Ken Burns documentary for PBS, Jazz.

"Jazz lives on NPR. The network and its member stations have been bringing music to America for more than 30 years, through jazz music programs, jazz documentaries and exclusive jazz interviews. Now NPRJazz.org will bring the music to even more people through an international delivery-on-demand medium," says Murray Horwitz, Vice President for NPR Cultural Programming. "NPRJazz.org was created as an interactive resource that speaks the language of jazz to newcomers and aficionados alike."

Visitors to NPRJazz.org will also find concert listings and reviews of major happenings around the country, including jazz events, concerts and radio broadcasts in their own hometowns. In addition, the site features rotating, live audio streams from a variety of public radio stations throughout the country, so online listeners can hear and compare jazz in a variety of cities and communities.

NPR's award-winning programs have taken listeners to concert halls, festivals and clubs across the globe for some of the world's greatest jazz performances, and now this dynamic programming will have an online home at NPRJazz.org. In addition, users will be able to discover what is coming up on the next edition of any of NPR's award-winning jazz programs, including Jazz Profiles®, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Jazz From Lincoln Center, JazzSet with Branford Marsalis, and Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center.

NPRJazz.org, a multi-format collaboration of NPR Jazz, NPR News and NPR Online, is made possible by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR reaches a growing audience of nearly 15 million Americans each week via more than 644 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwidesm, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable. Information on NPR programming is available online at www.npr.org.

Coming Soon to NPRJazz.org

Exclusive webcast of a Poncho Sanchez Concert from San Diego featuring this Grammy-winning bandleader and conguero on Sunday, September 24, at 8 p.m. EDT.

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