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"Elvis Costello With..." Bono, Toussaint, The Boss, More



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Sundance Channel will launch the second season of its critically acclaimed music/talk original series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. et/pt with an episode featuring U2's Bono and The Edge. "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." combines the best elements of talk and music television and lets viewers in on intimate conversation and performances with host Costello and his guests, who range from legendary performers to promising new artists.

The series, executive produced by Sir Elton John, includes one-on-one interviews, unprecedented pairings and group discussions, as well as extraordinary performances, from impromptu "illustrative" moments to full band (and even multi-band) productions. Among the confirmed guests for the seven-part season are: Bono, The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case, Jesse Winchester, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Lowe, Levon Helm, Richard Thompson, and Allen Toussaint.

"We're thrilled to launch a second season of 'Spectacle' on Sundance Channel," said Sundance Channel EVP and GM, Sarah Barnett. "The series offers viewers unusually close access to artists through its mix of candid conversations and exciting musical performances. This season's A-list lineup is a testament to the tremendous respect that artists feel for Elvis Costello as a musician and entertainer."

"I am delighted that we can continue where we left off--making intelligent, and informative music programming," said Sir Elton John, one of the series' executive producers. Elvis Costello commented: "In the words of the great Joe Strummer, 'Let's rock again!'"

The program's eclecticism and depth reflect its uniquely qualified host. Costello is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; a Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winning (and Oscar®-nominated) songwriter and performer comfortable in almost every genre imaginable; a musicologist of formidable breadth and knowledge; a contributor to Vanity Fair magazine; and a noted wit whose stint as guest host on The Late Show with David Letterman won rave reviews.

"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." is taped in front of a live audience at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater in New York City and The Masonic Temple in Toronto, Canada. The series will also air on CTV in Canada. You can find more information on Spectacle, including video, here.

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Jesse Winchester is the stage name of musician James Ridout Winchester (born May 17, 1944, in Bossier City, Louisiana)

Winchester was raised in northern Mississippi and the city of Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, graduating in 1966. Upon receiving his draft notice the following year, Winchester moved to Montreal, Quebec to avoid military service. He became a Canadian citizen in 1973.

Winchester had begun playing guitar in bands while still a high school student. He also played in Germany during college study abroad and after graduation. Upon arriving in Quebec in 1967, he joined a local band, the Astronautes. At this time, he also began writing songs that he performed as a solo artist in coffee houses throughout eastern Canada. Under the auspices of The Band's Robbie Robertson, Winchester began his recording career in 1970 with his self-titled album, released on the Ampex label.

Winchester released several additional albums during the '70s. But, due to his draft status, he was unable to tour in the United States until President Jimmy Carter granted draft resisters amnesty in 1977. As a result, he became recognized primarily as a prolific songwriter. His best known songs include "Yankee Lady", "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz", "Mississippi, You're on My Mind", and "Biloxi". These and others have been recorded by numerous artists including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett Joan Baez, Anne Murray and Reba McEntire.

In 2002, Winchester moved back to the United States and currently resides in Virginia. He continues to record and to perform throughout the United States and Canada.

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Jesse Winchester (born October 4, 1983, in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.

Winchester was born in Cornwall and raised in nearby Long Sault. He played junior hockey with the Cornwall Colts of the Central Junior A Hockey League, and was then offered a full hockey scholarship, and he subsequently played four seasons of NCAA Division I hockey with Colgate University. He was an ECAC All-Star in 2007-2008 as well as Colgate's team captain. On March 25, 2008, after graduating from Colgate, Winchester signed with the NHL's Ottawa Senators and began his pro career.

Winchester made his NHL debut with Ottawa in 2007-08, playing in a single game against the Boston Bruins on March 29, 2008, registering no points and two penalty minutes. Due to stipulations in the league's collective bargaining agreement, Winchester was ineligible to play in the 2008 NHL playoffs. He then made the Senators lineup out of training camp in 2008-09, though a recurring shoulder injury hampered Winchester throughout his rookie NHL season.

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