GRAMMY WINNER Dianne Reeves
GRAMMY Award Winner Herbie Hancock
Art Sherrod Jr.
Review by: Althea Turner
DC HOSTS 5th INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY - APRIL 30, 2016
Washington DC served as one of the host cities for the 5th annual International Jazz Day. From Washington DC to South Africa to Turkey, over 190 countries observed this day of recognition and celebrated some of the top names in jazz. It's was a day for jazz lovers to hear and experience music from across the globe.
It's only fitting that DC was chosen as a host city this year; after all, DC is the birthplace of Duke Ellington, whose birthday is April 29th. Duke paved the way for so many legendary jazz artists; a few of them made appearances at events across the city. It was a day filled with live performances, panel discussions, and inspirational testimonies from the legends to the up-and-coming artists.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also got involved with the day of celebration by hosting an all-star global concert at The White House. The concert featured performances by Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lee Ritenour, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves and Sting, just to name a few.
Overall, this day accomplished its main objective, "to inspire peaceful cooperation and partnership among communities around the globe." Jazz is an American art form, which sends a powerful message across the world, as the music may have many interpretations and variations each expression is a positive influence for one and all.
At the Kennedy Center the legendary Al Jarreau answers questions from the audience about his influences and gives advice to members of the Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble. Also joining him onstage is Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter, Dee Dee Bridgewater. A legend in her own right, she also spoke of how she became a jazz lover at a very early age."
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, choreographer and master dance instructor has been tap dancing since age 3 as she shared the stage with both Ms. Bridgewater and Mr. Jarreau. Her performance was phenomenal!