For Immediate Release:
November 2, 2006
American Roots Music: Chicago
Original documentary, hosted by Harold Ramis, debuts on WTTW11 on Thursday, November 16 at 9:00 pm
Chicago A new documentary, American Roots Music: Chicago, celebrating Chicago's vibrant musical heritage will debut on WTTW11 on November 16 at 9:00 pm. Narrated by Chicago native Harold Ramis, the program explores key musical genres that the city nurtured and popularized: jazz, blues, gospel, folk music, polka, and country. The documentary's premiere on WTTW11 also heralds the opening of a related exhibit at the Chicago History Museum.
American Roots Music: Chicago features appearances by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Big Bill Broonzy, Studs Terkel, Mahalia Jackson, Mavis Staples, Thomas A. Dorsey, Jeff Tweedy, Jon Langford, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Fred Anderson, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Nicole Mitchell, John Prine, Steve Goodman, Bob Gibson, Roger McGuinn, Pete Seeger, Robbie Robertson, Willie Dixon, Bonnie Raitt, L'il Wally Jagiello, Eddie Blazonczyk (Sr. and Jr.), Timuel Black, and Earl Pionke (The Earl of Old Town). In addition to rare archival material, the documentary includes present-day interviews and performances of musicians at Chicago sites ranging from the Chicago Blues Festival and the Old Town School of Folk Music to neighborhood taverns and dance halls.
American Roots Music: Chicago is a collaborative project among six Chicago area cultural institutions: the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Public Library, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the Old Town School of Folk Music and WTTW11.
American Roots Music: Chicago is directed by Jim Brown.
Producers are Jim Brown, Paul Lovelace, Sam Pollard, Bob Riesman, Jeff Rosen
For more information on WTTW11, the nation's most-watched public television station, visit www.wttw.com.
Interviews with the production team are available.