Bobby Watson, a renowned jazz saxophonist and a distinguished professor of jazz at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has been invited to the White House to perform at a celebration of the fifth annual International Jazz Day. Lee’s Summit native Pat Metheny, a Grammy-winning jazz guitarist, will also perform. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the concert.
The All-Star Global Concert is being presented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It will take place on April 29 and be broadcast on KMBC (Channel 9) on April 30, which is International Jazz Day, as part of a “Jazz at the White House” special on ABC.
Among the other performers: Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty and Chucho Valdés.