10 Hours of the New Orleans Jazz Fest Comes to TRIO

TRIO Presents Exclusive Broadcast of the World Famous Music Festival



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from TRIO

    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- TRIO, owned and operated by USA Cable,
 a division of USA Networks, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit,
 announced today that they have acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to The
 2001 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  TRIO will air an unprecedented ten
 hours of the world famous 10-day festival, which kicks off April 27 in New
 Orleans and will attract an estimated 500,000 visitors. Jazz great and
 Louisiana native Branford Marsalis will serve as host for TRIO's coverage of
 the event, which is slated to premiere as a two-day programming event over
 Labor Day weekend, 2001. Scheduled to perform are some of the greatest names
 in music including Fats Domino, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, B.B. King, Roy
 Hargrove, Van Morrison, Ramsey Lewis, The Neville Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco,
 Dr. John, Keb' Mo', Dave Matthews Band, Koko Taylor, Al Jarreau and Femi Kuti.
     "There are a handful of widespread major national music events and fans
 often are unable to attend them personally. TRIO intends to cover these in a
 way that has never been done before on television.  TRIO will create
 appointment specials, like the New Orleans Jazz Festival, that will dominate
 our programming schedule for a few days and provide viewers with an exclusive
 front row seat to fabulous musical events," said Bill Haber, President and CEO
 of TRIO.
     The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates the rich cultural and
 music heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana through a colorful combination of
 music, food and folk crafts.  Now in its 32nd year, the festival features
 artists and music from a diverse range of musical genres representing the wide
 spectrum of the American vernacular tradition including jazz, folk, rhythm &
 blues, gospel, country and zydeco.  This year's festival will pay homage to
 what would've been the 100th birthday of jazz great and Louisiana native,
 Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.
     TRIO's television coverage of the event will be the most comprehensive and
 extensive in the festival's history, and will cover musical performances from
 several of the festival's stages.  Committed to bringing the entire atmosphere
 of the festival directly to viewers' homes, TRIO will also cover festivities
 and events taking place at other areas on the fairgrounds, including the Congo
 Square African Marketplace and the Gospel Tent.
     TRIO will also air two "Best Of" specials, highlighting the Jazz Fest's
 most memorable moments.
     "Our coverage of this huge event is unique because of its scope. We're not
 only broadcasting from the main stages, but from all corners of the festival,
 capturing its true spirit through its fantastic diversity in music.  We're
 also thrilled and lucky to have Branford Marsalis as our guide through the
 festival," said Andrew Cohen, VP or Original Programming.
     Branford Marsalis is one of the world's preeminent jazz saxophonists.
 After graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music, Marsalis performed as
 a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Clark Terry's Orchestra, Herbie
 Hancock's V.S.O.P. II, and eventually formed his own group.  The winner of
 three Grammy Awards(R), Marsalis has transcended musical categorization,
 working with artists ranging from Sting to Miles Davis.
 
     TRIO, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of USA Networks, Inc.'s
 (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, is an entertainment cable television
 program service emphasizing all of the popular arts: music, dance, theater,
 film, with events, performances and specials.  TRIO is available to over
 12 million U.S. subscribers through digital cable and satellite systems.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- TRIO, owned and operated by USA Cable,
 a division of USA Networks, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit,
 announced today that they have acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to The
 2001 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  TRIO will air an unprecedented ten
 hours of the world famous 10-day festival, which kicks off April 27 in New
 Orleans and will attract an estimated 500,000 visitors. Jazz great and
 Louisiana native Branford Marsalis will serve as host for TRIO's coverage of
 the event, which is slated to premiere as a two-day programming event over
 Labor Day weekend, 2001. Scheduled to perform are some of the greatest names
 in music including Fats Domino, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, B.B. King, Roy
 Hargrove, Van Morrison, Ramsey Lewis, The Neville Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco,
 Dr. John, Keb' Mo', Dave Matthews Band, Koko Taylor, Al Jarreau and Femi Kuti.
     "There are a handful of widespread major national music events and fans
 often are unable to attend them personally. TRIO intends to cover these in a
 way that has never been done before on television.  TRIO will create
 appointment specials, like the New Orleans Jazz Festival, that will dominate
 our programming schedule for a few days and provide viewers with an exclusive
 front row seat to fabulous musical events," said Bill Haber, President and CEO
 of TRIO.
     The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates the rich cultural and
 music heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana through a colorful combination of
 music, food and folk crafts.  Now in its 32nd year, the festival features
 artists and music from a diverse range of musical genres representing the wide
 spectrum of the American vernacular tradition including jazz, folk, rhythm &
 blues, gospel, country and zydeco.  This year's festival will pay homage to
 what would've been the 100th birthday of jazz great and Louisiana native,
 Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.
     TRIO's television coverage of the event will be the most comprehensive and
 extensive in the festival's history, and will cover musical performances from
 several of the festival's stages.  Committed to bringing the entire atmosphere
 of the festival directly to viewers' homes, TRIO will also cover festivities
 and events taking place at other areas on the fairgrounds, including the Congo
 Square African Marketplace and the Gospel Tent.
     TRIO will also air two "Best Of" specials, highlighting the Jazz Fest's
 most memorable moments.
     "Our coverage of this huge event is unique because of its scope. We're not
 only broadcasting from the main stages, but from all corners of the festival,
 capturing its true spirit through its fantastic diversity in music.  We're
 also thrilled and lucky to have Branford Marsalis as our guide through the
 festival," said Andrew Cohen, VP or Original Programming.
     Branford Marsalis is one of the world's preeminent jazz saxophonists.
 After graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music, Marsalis performed as
 a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Clark Terry's Orchestra, Herbie
 Hancock's V.S.O.P. II, and eventually formed his own group.  The winner of
 three Grammy Awards(R), Marsalis has transcended musical categorization,
 working with artists ranging from Sting to Miles Davis.
 
     TRIO, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of USA Networks, Inc.'s
 (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, is an entertainment cable television
 program service emphasizing all of the popular arts: music, dance, theater,
 film, with events, performances and specials.  TRIO is available to over
 12 million U.S. subscribers through digital cable and satellite systems.
 
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