Rhythm Road: Free Concert

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center and National Geographic Live!, will present musicians of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, in a free concert on Thursday, December 2, 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 that showcases 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 10 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 December 2:

Johnny Rodgers Band is a New York City-based quartet that brings musical depth to new, original songs. They are masters of an array of styles ranging from Americana Pop to the piano-driven energy of rock and roll to the supreme sophistication of jazz. The group traveled to Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, and Malaysia in November 2010.

Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA, a hometown favorite based in Washington D.C., performs and explores various jazz elements such as traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and free form. The group traveled in September to Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Mozambique.

Date: December 2, 2010

Time: 6:00pm

Location: National Geographic Live!, 1600 M Street

Ticket/Pricing Information:Free. All are welcome and encouraged to come.

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