By Joe Curtis
President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama, will be celebrating the 5th Annual International Jazz Day this Friday, April 29, 2016 at the White House, by hosting the jazz show of all jazz shows. This will be a monumental musical extravaganza celebrating all that is good in jazz, blues and R&B. It will be televised the following evening, Saturday, April 30th at 8 p.m. EST on the ABC TV network.
Some of the amazing talent present, will include the blues of the Buddy Guy Band (above) with Ric ‘JazGuitar’ Hall, Orlando Wright, Marty Sammon and Tim Austin.
Aretha Franklin the ‘First Lady of Soul’ is also on the bill, along with Diana Krall, Sting, Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, Trombone Shorty and Sting.
More jazz greats will include Chick Corea, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Dianne Reeves, Rebirth Jazz Band, Hugh Masekela, Marcus Miller and Christian McBride. Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Watson, Chucho Valdes, Danilio Perez, David Sanchez, Kendrick Scott, James Morrison and Lee Ritenour will also be part of this once-in-a-lifetime jazz experience.
For most of us, who won’t be lucky enough to attend this historic musical day and evening, we can watch a one-hour version of it as ‘Live at the White House’, Saturday evening, April 30th on ABC TV at 8 p.m. EST.
It will also be streamed online at the White House website; as well as at United Nations, UNESCO and U.S. State Department websites. That way the whole world will be able to watch Barack and Michelle Obama hosting the 5th Annual International Jazz Day’s All-Star Global Concert, ‘Live at the White House’ 2016.