Buddy Guy Will Attend International Jazz Day at White House
Buddy Guy will make his 5th trip to the Obama White House tomorrow, April 29th, to celebrate International Jazz Day with the President and First Lady. Herbie Hancock, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Trombone Shorty, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Hugh Maskela, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and Pat Metheny will be among the other musicians celebrating with the first family and their assembled guests.
This will be the fifth annual event, sponsored by UNESCO in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the event “highlights 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.” The event will be filmed and then subsequently aired on the 30th of April as a one-hour primetime ABC television special. You can also view it streaming on the United Nations, UNESCO, U.S. State Department and White House websites.
Musicians as well as educators will participate in workshops, classes, performances, discussions, and jams throughout the Washington, D.C. area at numerous venues including embassies, jazz clubs, schools, museums, parks, and metro stations. Similar events will be taking place across the country, and around the world.
International Jazz Day has previously been hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2013; Osaka, Japan, in 2014; and Paris in 2015. 2012 saw events hosted in Paris at the UNESCO Headquarters, in New York City at the United Nations, and in New Orleans, known for its vibrant and always thriving jazz scene.