Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 20, 2012


On April 22, 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 will co-host 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 will feature performances by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Howard University’s Afro Blue, vocalist Lena Seikaly, and Latin jazz artist Felix Contreras. The program, which will include a panel discussion on the continuing relevance of jazz, will begin at 2:00, and will be webcast for public and media audiences by the National Museum of American History.

For more information about Jazz Appreciation Month, please visit www.smithsonianjazz.org.

For more information about International Jazz Day, including upcoming celebrations in Paris, New York, and New Orleans, please visit UNESCO’s Jazz Day webpage.

For updates, follow Assistant Secretary Brimmer on Twitter @State_IO.



PRN: 2012/614