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    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:45:05

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    Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, and Esperanza Spalding lead the names of musicians set to play at the President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama hosted International Jazz Day at the White House. The concert will be televised as an hour-long special on ABC on April 30th. The event will also feature performances by Buddy Guy, Sting, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, Hugh Masekela, Al Jarreau, Pat Metheny, and John McLaughlin, as well as many others.

    According to Pitchfork the event is, "Presented in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute, International Jazz Day was created to highlight "the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promotes intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unites people from all corners of the globe." In addition to the White House performances, musicians and educators will participate in a day-long series of master classes, improvisational workshops, roundtable discussions, education programs, jam sessions, and community outreach initiatives across Washington, D.C."

    International Jazz Day is organized by UNESCO, and began in 2011. The first ever International Jazz Day was kicked off in Paris by Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and Herbie Hancock. Washington D.C. is acting as the host city for this year’s Jazz Day and over 190 countries will be participating in events across the globe. Washington D.C. joins Paris, Osaka, and Istanbul as cities who have hosted the annual event.

    For more on Aretha Franklin and Esperanza Spalding, check out:

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    03.31.16



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