Jazz Concert at CCNN

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
Managua, April 28, 2017

Good afternoon boys, girls, and young musicians of Music in the Neighborhoods, Music for Life, and the Maragarita Navarro Youth Orchestra.  It’s so good to see so many youth and so many talented people sharing an afternoon of learning with 4 masters of jazz.  Jazz is an artistic expression that was born in my country at the beginning of the 20th century, in African-American communities in New Orleans in the state of Louisiana.

The Johnaye Kendrick Quartet is a mix of the musical experiences you can hear in jazz.  Jazz is the most democratic expression of music and it is worth noting that they are women.  Jazz allows musicians to construct the idea of an artist both independently and as a group.  It is a music genre that points to freedom of expression, equality, and creativity.

For this reason, we have named this concert Voices of Equality.  Equality to achieve your goals as successful professionals, business leaders, academics and scientists.  And also, as renowned artists and jazz musicians like the members of the Johnaye Kendrick Quartet.  I leave you now with Johnaye Kendrick, vocalist, Sylvia Cuenca, drummer, Renée Marie Cruz, bassist, and Miki Hayama, pianist.

Welcome and thank you for being with us today.

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