|The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad
Launched in 2005 in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Rhythm
Road: American Music Abroad has already sent 118 musicians from 31
jazz, urban or American roots music ensembles to 97 countries. In the
tradition of the original Jazz Ambassadors program that sent Dizzy
Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck on world tours during the
Cold War era, Rhythm Road brings American culture to audiences around
the globe through person-to-person exchanges, focusing particularly on
those in more remote areas.
Rhythm Road artists are the new generation of musical ambassadors,
reaching beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and the
general public. Their direct engagement with foreign audiences via
workshops, master classes and jam sessions presents a positive image of
the U.S. and provides a greater understanding of our society. The U.S.
artists themselves deepen their knowledge of other cultures, enhance
their creativity, and feel the pride of representing their country.
Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department's Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the 10 ensembles who will
tour with The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program in 2010.
More than 130 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. Three judges selected 10
ensembles from among 35 who were invited to audition in New York
City. Selected for their artistic integrity, musical ability and educational
skills, these talented groups will travel to more than 40 countries
between March and November 2010:
· Charlie Porter Quartet - Jazz - New York, NY
· Chen Lo and the Liberation Family - Hip Hop - Brooklyn, NY
· Johnny Rodgers Band - American/Pop - New York, NY
· Little Joe McLerran Quartet - Blues - Tulsa, OK
· Mark Sherman-Tim Horner Quartet - Jazz - New York, NY
· Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA - Jazz - Washington, DC
· Oscar Williams and Perfected Praise - Gospel - St. Louis, MO
· Paul Beaudry & Pathways - Jazz - New York, NY
· The Student Loan - Bluegrass - Portland, OR
· Turning Pointe - Gospel - Atlanta, GA
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.
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. In
addition, you can visit the US Department of State Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs website.
|Little Joe McLerran Quartet
Selected to Tour the World for
Jazz at Lincoln Center
|The Little Joe McLerran Quartet performs at Cultural Hall, Manama, Bahrain, April 1, 2010.