From the International Association of Jazz Education:
"Jazz is returning to network television for the first time in 40 years!
A new TV series, “Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis,” will be debuting on PBS stations nationwide in early April. The 13-week series will feature the biggest names in jazz – including Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Al Jarreau, Jane Monheit, and many more – produced in multi-camera high definition TV with 5.1 Surround Sound. In short, Legends of Jazz is presenting this music as it’s never been presented on television. This is cause for huge celebration.
It is expected that the series will have well over 80% coverage across the U.S., many at excellent time availability during the week and on weekends. But, we have some concern that in selected cities, the series will be airing on your local PBS stations in fringe time slots, where few viewers will have the opportunity to see this important jazz programming. And the consequence is dire: if the series does not attract a large audience, which it cannot do if airs after midnight, and then we’ll see even less jazz programming on television in the future....
Public televisions stations are supported by viewers like you and they need to hear from you. If you care about the future of jazz, please contact the Program Director and/or the Station Manager of your PBS station to get jazz on TV! ... I You can also call the station and say that you’d like to talk with the Program Director or Station Manager.
Thank you for your continued support of jazz and for your work in passing on this important musical legacy to the next generation."