For Charlie Fishman, Founder and Executive Producer of the DC Jazz Festival, jazz “represents inherent core values of our country: freedom of expression, democracy, unity and diversity.”
It’s no surprise, then, that jazz resonated with the people of newly-independent India, explained Ambassador of India to the United States Nirupama Rao (left). And as a self-described jazz fanatic, Ambassador Rao welcomed the opportunity to host the Jazz Festival’s Young Artist Series on Monday night, just one month before the 10-day festival launches.
Held at her residence, with Michael Chertov and Michael Steele among those in attendance, the evening featured (a delicious Indian) dinner and a moving performance by rising jazz singer Marianne Solivan, backed by Bruce Barth at the piano, Matthew Parrish at bass, and Gregory Hutchinson at drums. So moving, in fact, that an antique plate—rumored to be in the Ambassador’s personal art collection—vibrated off its stand during the performance and crashed to the floor.
A true fan, the Ambassador just laughed and listened on!