The U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire organized on April 28, 2015 a concert to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. The two-hour show featured American Emmett McDonald and his Jazz Sextet. McDonald, a trombonist, has played with some of biggest names in jazz including Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Sun Ra, and Ron Carter.
Attending the concert were musicians, teachers, students, artists, journalists, and Embassy staff. In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Terence McCulley traced the origins of this American art form and thanked Emmett McDonald and the Sextet for helping to promote jazz to new audiences.
To mark Jazz Appreciation Month, the U.S. Embassy organized several additional activities this week including an English language discussion of jazz at the American Corner in Abidjan; a children’s concert at the Embassy featuring a female Ivoirian saxophonist; a conference on jazz music for youth with performances by student musicians from INSAAC; and radio appearances by Emmett McDonald.