Hugh Laurie to Host Jazz Documentary

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'Hugh Laurie: Down By The River' is made by Sprout Productions, the U.K. production company of Stephen Fry.


LONDON -- Hugh Laurie's considerable talents as a blues musician will be on show in a new ITV1 documentary Hugh Laurie: Down By The River, which showcases his passion for jazz music.

Made by Sprout Productions, the production company of longtime friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, River follows Laurie on a journey to New Orleans to explore the roots and inspirations of jazz and blues music and will air on ITV later this spring.

The Housestar, whose appearances as the curmudgeonly medic are frequently punctuated by moody musical interludes, has been stepping up his jazz performances of late. He is due to make his British musical debut later this year, closing the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on May 2 in what is expected to be a sellout gig.

Laurie is releasing his first blues album Let Them Talk on May 9, and will also play gigs in London, Paris and Berlin.