Int’l Jazz Festival

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
Managua, April 29, 2017

Congratulations Rodney and TrumboJazz! Rodney is my colleague in the embassy.  What a pleasure!  Good evening everyone.  Architect Luis Morales, Director of the Institute of Culture, Maestro Ramai Das, Director of the Nicaragua International Jazz Festival, Organizers of the Nicaragua International Jazz Festival, distinguished musicians, music lovers,

Congratulations to the founders and organizers of the Festival in its tenth anniversary.  We are celebrating with talented musicians from Nicaragua, Panama and the United States.  Jazz is an expression of art that was born in my country at the beginning of the 20th century, in the African-American communities from New Orleans in the state of Louisiana.  It was, and still is, an equality force and a recognition of talents.  Some describe it like a rich cultural stew with Caribbean influences, Latin American, Brazilian, and even Hindu.

The quartet, Johnaye Kendrick, integrated for only women, embodies that equality.  Let’s give them the recognition and welcome that they deserve. Johnaye Kendrick, vocalist, Sylvia Cuenca, drummer, Renée Marie Cruz, bass guitarist and Miki Hayama, pianist.

Thank you.

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