Date of Award

Summer 8-6-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name


Major Professor

Racine, Robert

Second Advisor

McGowan-Hartmann, John

Third Advisor

Medina, Laura


The Gems of Jazz is a prospective TV series that features local New Orleans Jazz musicians. The purpose of the show, created and hosted by Virgile Beddok, is to look into the lives of the people who make the New Orleans Jazz scene all that it is, and has been. This paper delves into each stage of the creative and production processes that enabled the completion of this pilot episode which features master drummer Herlin Riley as a guest.


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Thesis film is under embargo until October 1, 2024.