A special event is going on tomorrow Sat April 30. If you are lucky enough to be in the Washington DC area the events start with a free concert in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC. Performances by Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and more go on all day till 8pm.
For the rest of us on the web there will be a live stream Saturday evening 9pm EDT. Highlights will be broadcast on ABC TV on Sun May 1 at 8pm EDT. From the International Jazz Day web site:
The All-Star Global Concert at the White House will feature stellar performances by Joey Alexander,Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Brönner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock,Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Lionel Loueke, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, James Morrison, Danilo Pérez, Rebirth Brass Band,Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Sting,Trombone Shorty, Chucho Valdés, Bobby Watson, Ben Williams and others, with further details to be announced shortly. John Beasley will serve as the evening’s Musical Director.
The host city for International Jazz Day is Washington DC this year. This event is the finale for Jazz appreciation month. You can learn about International Jazz Day at their web site http://jazzday.com/. Events have been taking place all across the world. The sponsor for International Jazz Day is UNESCO. Thank you!