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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 2, 2002

State Department Jazz Ambassadors Performing at Kennedy Center and Smithsonian

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under Assistant Secretary Patricia S. Harrison, sponsors the Jazz Ambassadors in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Serving as ambassadors of American culture, Jazz Ambassadors travel to countries that are not often visited by American musicians, to conduct master classes and lecture-recitals for local musicians in addition to performing public concerts on tour. The trios hail from throughout the United States and are selected by competitive auditions held in New York City at Steinway Hall.

Two trios will perform free concerts for the public:

The Mayhew, Miller, and Wang Trio will perform on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage to kick off its Jazz Ambassador tour to Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia and Belarus. The trio originally had been scheduled to tour in October 2001, but in the wake of September 11 that tour was postponed. Throughout the tour, April 3 - 28, the trio will highlight the music of Louis Armstrong. The trio members are Virginia Mayhew, saxophone; Allison Miller, drums; and Gary Wang, bass.

The Baum, Wessel, and Harris Trio, just back from its Jazz Ambassador tour to Thailand, Maldives, Sri Lanka and India, will perform on Friday, April 5, at the noon concert in the Hall of Musical Instruments, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. The trio members are Jameson Baum, flute; Kenneth Wessel, guitar; and Jerome Harris, bass guitar.

To see live and past performances of Jazz Ambassadors, log on to the Kennedy Center's website at www.kennedy-center.org

To arrange media coverage of the Mayhew, Miller, and Wang Trio, contact Erin Dowdy, (202) 416-8453, at the Kennedy Center by 4:30 p.m. today.

To arrange media coverage of the Baum, Wessel, and Harris Trio, contact James Zimmerman, (202) 633-9163, at the Smithsonian Institution.

For more information about the State Department's Jazz Ambassadors program, contact Catherine Stearns, (202) 203-5107, at the U.S. Department of State.

Released on April 2, 2002

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