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Jazz in Public Diplomacy Explored in First Monday Forum

Jimmy Owens

Jimmy Owens (Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola)

(26 March 2016) Trumpeter Jimmy Owens will join a panel of jazz aficionados and cultural experts to examine the role played by this American art form in public diplomacy. The discussion takes place at the next First Monday Forum on 4 April 2016, at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

Joining Owens on the panel are:

  • Sunny Sumter, executive director of the DC Jazz Festival
  • Willard Jenkins, artistic director of the DC Jazz Festival
  • Murray Horwitz, lyricist, playwright, and director of special projects at Washington Performing Arts

Owens is a composer, arranger, lecturer, and music education consultant, as well as artist on trumpet and flugelhorn for more than 45 years. In that time, he performed in groups with Lionel Hampton, Hank Crawford, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Duke Ellington, and Billy Taylor, among others.

First Monday forums are a joint project of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, and Public Diplomacy Council. The event takes place on Monday, 4 April 2016 at 12 noon, at AFSA headquarters, 2101 E Street NW, Washington DC (Foggy Bottom metro). Sandwiches and refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but advance registrations by e-mail are required: FirstMondayForum.RSVP@gmail.com.

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