Celebrating June Black Music Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In celebration of Black History Month, WHUT-TV will air The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV docu-musical that will take music lovers deep into the heart and soul of Grammy Award winner, renowned jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum. First known for his memorable solo on Whitney Houston’s megahit “I Will Always Love You,” Whalum will delight longtime followers while winning over a host of new fans when Howard University PBS affiliate airs this internationally acclaimed docu-musical on Sunday, June 21st (9pm EST) and Friday, June 26th (8pm EST).
The GATJ IV film offers refreshing inspirational music collaborations while taking viewers on a journey inside the hearts of such gifted icons and versatile artist that include Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, George Duke, Wayman Tisdale, John Coltrane, and Whalum’s own mother as he pays homage to those whose influence helped to shape his life.
WHUT’s original programming has won numerous awards, including 13 Emmys. The debut broadcast of Kirk Whalum’s exciting film is a continuation of the PBS commitment to providing entertaining, relevant and informative programming for its viewers.
The Gospel According To Jazz IV companion live two-disc, 19-song CD is the latest addition to the award-winning series that launched in 1998. Each release has earned critical acclaim, and “It’s What I Do” from “The Gospel According to Jazz III” took home a Grammy for Best Gospel Song in 2011. While this exciting new music was recorded live at Pastor A. R. Bernard’s Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kirk Whalum again shares the stage with gifted family members, including brother Kevin and nephews Kenneth III and Kortland, along with talented friends: bassist Gerald Veasley, drummer Marcus “Stix” Finnie, vocalist/Stevie Wonder protÃ©gÃ© Shelea, and returning co-producer, keyboardist and vocalist John Stoddart.
In Kirk’s own words, “‘The Gospel According To Jazz’ embraces the talent God dishes out,” and the series always features special guests not associated with gospel music. The new recording and film also include guitarist Norman Brown, trumpeter Rick Braun and legendary percussionist Doc Gibbs.
The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV will air on WHUT TV on June 21, 2015, at 9pm EDT and on June 26, 2015 at 8pm EDT. :60 sec clip of “Keep On Pushing” http://bit.ly/1dN0yEX
About WHUT: The only HBCU-licensed public television station, WHUT/Howard University Television is located in Washington, D.C., on the Howard University campus. The station adheres to the University’s commitment to excellence, leadership and public service. During its 30-plus years on air, WHUT has become a leader in broadcast communications and an integral part of the community by providing entertaining, relevant and informative programming for its viewers. WHUT has received numerous awards, including 13 Emmys.