Pittsburgh, PA – MCG Jazz announced today that its 60-minute documentary about Pittsburgh’s jazz music history is airing again nationally beginning February 2, 2019.
We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told documentary film explores the social conditions and historical events that conspired to make Pittsburgh one of the leading contributors to the legacy of jazz music in the world. This one-hour program is packed with interesting interviews, historical photographs and over 20 live performance clips of the Jazz Masters including George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn Mary Lou Williams and more – all Pittsburghers. The film will was produced for a general audience and captures the spirit of a distinctly American art form, the character of a regional locale and the soul of a hardy and determined people.
Since its original airing in 2018, We Knew What We Had has been telecast 1,500 times in 400 markets in 46 states reaching 86% of viewers nation-wide. The film has been screened at the Dallas film festival, at the Jazz Institute in Gratz, Austria and received two Tellys at the 39th annual Telly Awards including the gold Telly Award in the craft-use of music category and bronze in the general-cultural category.
We Knew What We Had is distributed by American Public Television with presenting station WQED Multimedia for broadcast on television, locally, nationally and around the world. Currently, there are over 550 telecasts scheduled in over 100 markets nationally during the month of February alone. Visithttps://www.weknewwhatwehadfilm.com/ for when the film is airing on your local PBS station. The documentary will air on regional PBS World stations February 2, February 3, and again on February 6. There are public screening scheduled at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City, NY February 8, the Mt. Lebanon Library, Pittsburgh, PA February 17, at the 2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival in Portland, OR on February 23.
MCG Jazz is a social enterprise supporting the education programs of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a nonprofit in Pittsburgh, PA whose mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. In addition to presenting one of the nation’s longest running jazz subscription series, the MCG Jazz label has won five GRAMMY® Awards. For more information about Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, please visit their web site at www.mcgjazz.org.
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