Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, NY and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced  the 10 ensembles who will tour with The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program in 2010. 

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad for 2010

American music groups from across the United States specializing in jazz, urban/hip hop and other American roots music – blues, bluegrass, Cajun, country, gospel and zydeco – applied for the opportunity to share their music with the world to promote cross-cultural understanding, with special emphasis on countries not often visited by American musicians.  Selected for their artistic integrity, musical ability and educational skills, the finalist bands are:


Little Joe McLerran Quartet
The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad

*Little Joe McLerran’s website: www.LittleJoeBlues.com



International tour activities will include public concerts, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, collaborations with local musicians and media outreach.  Over the past four seasons, 118 musicians from 31 ensembles have toured with the program, visiting 97 countries on five continents. 

Around the globe:
Ensembles travel around the globe for approximately one month from March through December 2010. The program also incorporates free performances by each ensemble hosted in New York by Jazz at Lincoln Center at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and in Washington, D.C. presented by National Geographic Live! at the Grosvenor Auditorium.

For more information visit The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad at jalc.org/TheRoad. In addition, you can listen to music and program stories free of charge on Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio at jalc.org/jazzcast/program.asp?programNumber=262 and jalc.org/jazzcast/program.asp?programNumber=205 


Maura M. Pally, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs:
“Music has the power to bridge political, cultural, language and generational differences with audiences around the world.  Through music we can celebrate both cultural diversity and common ground.

 Susan John, Director of Touring for Jazz at Lincoln Center:

“The Rhythm Road tours continue the historic tradition of such musical alumni as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie and focus on diverse geographic audiences and the transcendent interaction born of music.  The program’s emphasis on both education and performance leads to powerful exchange for musicians and audiences alike.”

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program is made possible with underwriting support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, a jazz hall of fame and concert series, weekly national radio programs, television broadcasts, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curriculum for students, music publishing, children’s concerts and classes, lectures, adult education courses, student and educator workshops and interactive websites. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Chairman Lisa Schiff and Executive Director Adrian Ellis, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce thousands of events each season in its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world.
For more information, visit jalc.org

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and exchange programs. Through its Cultural Programs Division, the Bureau supports a variety of cultural exchanges programs that support U.S. foreign policy, foster America’s artistic excellence, and demonstrate America’s respect and appreciation for other cultures and traditions.  The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program presents selected professional American performers on concert tours in countries with limited exposure to live American culture.  For more information, visit exchanges.state.gov/education/citizens/culture/index.htm.


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