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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 10, 2004


Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to Kick Off HIV/AIDS Awareness Jazz Tour of India Sponsored by BET

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, on Tuesday, December 14, 2004, will host executives from Black Entertainment Television (BET), jazz greats Earl Klugh and Ravi Coltrane, Indian Ambassador Ronen Sen and others at the Department of State in a ceremony to launch the BET Jazz + Heritage Tour 2005: "Indians and Americans Together Against HIV/AIDS." The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Treaty Room.

The Department of State is partnering with the BET Jazz Channel, MTV-India and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to sponsor concerts, master classes and HIV/AIDS outreach programs in Mumbai and New Delhi, January 13-19, 2005. Earl Klugh and Ravi Coltrane will join Al Jarreau, George Duke and graduate jazz students from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for the tour. The Department of State, BET Jazz and MTV India will promote HIV/AIDS awareness in India as the public service theme of the tour.

The ceremony will be open to the press.

Pre-set-up time for cameras: 9:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for all press: 9:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Media representatives who plan to attend must present one of the following press credentials: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driverís license or passport).

Press Contacts:
Sara Stryker - 202-647-8124
Kim Archea - 202-647-7940
Bureau of South Asian Affairs

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Released on December 10, 2004

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