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Embassy Jazz Day: An International Jazz Day Celebration

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Published on Apr 24, 2012

Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer, the Smithsonian Institution's Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture Richard Kurin, and Interim Director of the National Museum of American History Marc Pachter co-hosted Embassy Jazz Day: Crossing Borders, Bridging Cultures. This special collaboration celebrates the American origins of jazz and its continuing appeal to people across the globe, in the context of Jazz Appreciation Month (April) and the inaugural International Jazz Day (April 30).

Embassy Jazz Day featured performances by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Howard University's Afro Blue, vocalist Lena Seikaly, and Latin jazz artist Felix Contreras. The program, which includes a panel discussion on the continuing relevance of jazz, began at 2:00, and was webcast for public and media audiences by the National Museum of American History.

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