Department of State, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and National Geographic Live! Present The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad in Concert in Washington, DC

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 1, 2010

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center and National Geographic Live!, will present musicians of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, in free concerts on Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at The National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M Street NW, Washington, D.C.).

These concerts are part of a series scheduled from April through December to showcase talented Rhythm Road musicians for audiences in the United States after they have travelled internationally on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad selects ten American quartets to travel abroad to present original American music, including jazz, urban, gospel, and roots. Representing U.S. culture through concerts, jam sessions, classes, and interactions with foreign audiences, these musical ambassadors follow in the footsteps of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, and other great American performers.

Performing November 4:

Paul Beaudry & Pathways is a New York City-based quartet deeply rooted in the jazz and blues traditions. The group traveled in September and October to Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Rousing scat singing, fiery instrumental improvisations, and lively vocal exchanges are par for the course at the group’s dynamic performances.

Turning Pointe of Atlanta, Georgia, is a contemporary gospel quartet that unites four talented artists with soulful voices and a passion for music. The group traveled in September and October to Ghana, Liberia, Togo, Congo (Brazzaville), Equatorial Guinea, and Nigeria. Turning Pointe’s eclectic sound bridges the divide between old and new, while preserving a focus on collaboration and conversation.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional, and sports exchange programs. ECA exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government.

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PRN: 2010/1573