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Jazz Webchats To Explore Developments in the World of Jazz

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Broadcast personalities field audience questions during Jazz Appreciation Month

April is Jazz Appreciation Month in the United States, and an occasion to explore the history of and current developments in the world of jazz. Created by African-Americans as a fusion of West African musical traits with European and folk elements and subsequently enriched by contributions from across the globe, jazz remains among America's prized contributions to world culture.

Two webchats with leading jazz scholars and broadcast personalities will afford audiences prime opportunities to discuss the world of jazz. On April 3 at 11:00 a.m. EST (1500 GMT), Becca Pulliam, producer of such National Public Radio broadcasts as Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater and the annual Toast of the Nation New Year's Eve national broadcast will field questions on “Jazz in the New Millennium," and other jazz-related topics.

On April 20 at 11:00 a.m. EST (1500 GMT), Sheila Anderson, host of the Late Night Jazz broadcast on station WBGO-FM in Newark, New Jersey, and www.wbgo.org, that station's Web site, and the author of Quotable Musician: From Bach to Tupac (2003) and How to Grow As A Musician: What all Musicians Must Know To Succeed (2005), will chat on “Jazz on the Radio: Playing Music for the Masses,"and related topics.

These online dialogues will be hosted by the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs. To ask a question or make a comment during the webchat, please register at usinfowebchat@state.gov.

If you already have participated in one of our previous discussions, there is no need to register again. Simply use the same user name and password. We neither require nor encourage the use of full names. Participants can ask questions during the webchat or in advance. You may also submit questions ahead of time to usinfowebchat@state.gov.

The transcript of this webchat will be available on USINFO's Webchat Station, where information about other upcoming wechats also is available.

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