Alto Sax legend Phil Woods/Record Producer Graham Carter/Trumpeter Carl Saunders taking a break at the "Play Henry Mancini" CD recording session.
Alto Sax great Bud Shank & Director Graham Carter during filming of the Bud Shank "Against the Tide" documentary.
Producer Graham Carter in the control room during recording of the Phil Woods "This Is How I Feel About Quincy" CD.
Producer & Director Graham Carter during editing of the documentary film Woody Herman: Blue Flame.
Jazzed Media: Dedicated to releasing new and previously unreleased jazz media of the highest possible musical integrity and production standards.
Jazzed Media, a jazz record label and film production company, was founded in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area in 2002. Jazzed Media's owner Graham Carter is a multi-Grammy nominated record producer (The Bill Holman Band "Live" and The Bill Holman Band "Hommage") and award winning jazz filmmaker (Phil Woods: A Life in E Flat, Bud Shank: Against the Tide, and Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm). Recently Jazzed Media owner Graham Carter produced and directed a documentary film on big band jazz legend Woody Herman titled Woody Herman: Blue Flame.
Jazzed Media offers both newly recorded jazz sessions and historic recorded jazz not available previously. Newly recorded jazz offerings are performed by the world's greatest jazz musicians coupled with state of the art recording facilities. Historic jazz recordings are thoroughly restored to the best sonic condition via computer software programs and dedicated engineering talent. Extensive liner notes and photographs are utilized whenever possible to increase the musical listening experience. Recently the Jazzed Media CD Lorraine Feather "Ages" received a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Jazzed Media also produces and distributes jazz documentaries utilizing leading edge production techniques and extensive interview segments of jazz greats.
Filmmaker Graham Carter has received the following awards for films released through Jazzed Media:
Phil Woods: A Life in E Flat- Portrait of a Jazz Legend
- 2005 Telly Awards - Silver
- 2005 Videographer Awards - Award of Excellence
Bud Shank: Against the Tide- Portrait of a Jazz Legend
- 2009 EMPixx Awards - Gold Award
- 2008 Aurora Awards - Gold
- 2008 Telly Awards - Bronze
- 2008 Videographer Awards - Award of Distinction
Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm- Portrait of a Jazz Legend
- 2011 Telly Awards - Bronze
- 2011 Videographer Awards - Award of Excellence
- 2011 EMPixx Awards - Platinum Award: Documentary
- 2011 EMPixx Awards - Platinum Award: Use of Music
Artists appearing on the Jazzed Media label include Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Bill Charlap, Brian Lynch, Hubert Laws, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Carl Saunders, Don Menza, Christian Jacob, Irene Kral, Jackie & Roy, Bob Lark, Jim McNeely, Mel Martin, Benny Carter, Frank Tiberi, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Lorraine Feather, Judy Wexler, Frank Derrick, and Matt Wilson.
Graham Carter Professional Affiliations:
Member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) since 2005
Telly Awards Silver Council Member
Examiner- Jazz Music article on Graham Carter "Man behind new Stan Kenton documentary focuses on bandleader's humanity"
Stan Kenton has received a bad rap from music critics. The late Wichita, KS bandleader who brought the jazz in big bands throughout the 1930s-1970s was often slammed for going too far with his musical mixes, not going far enough, and just generally coming off as a wannabe.
Not anymore, not if Jazzed Media’s Graham Carter has anything to say about it. He produced a new bio-pic – Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm | Portrait of a Jazz Legend – to set the record straight, and more importantly, focus on what mattered to the man and the legions of fans he won along the way. This nearly two-hour documentary, set for an official April 12th release, was made with love, care and immense respect from a multi-Grammy-nominated record producer who is also a great, big jazz fan.
Whether Stan Kenton led his Innovations Orchestra through some crazy but genius classical-jazz big band fusion, or gave rising musical stars like Maynard Ferguson, Bud Shank, and so many others their own big breaks, the man did it with innovative style, and a fearlessness and humanity not found in many jazz circles. Producer/director Carter knew it, recognized it, and has set about documenting it through countless interviews with those Kenton has helped mentor and give voice to, rare performance footage of his orchestra, and really rare archived imagery.
It has been Carter’s pleasure to right the wrongs of those fail-safe critics and show the public who Stan Kenton really was: a jazz artist of the highest caliber.
What got you interested in doing a documentary on the life of big band leader Stan Kenton, was it your award-winning Bud Shank film, "Against the Tide?"
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