Paquito D'Rivera invited to concert after letter to Obama - Telemundo 51



The celebrated Cuban saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera was invited to participate in the White House concert for International Jazz Day after denouncing alleged political discriminatory action by the organizers of the event. "We received a call in my office informing me that there was no veto to my participation and that everything had been a mistake, so I'll be there," D'Rivera said in a telephone conversation with Telemundo 51. The musician said that today he will have more elements to really know what happened initially with the invitation given by the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute, prestigious jazz entity that is in charge of the organization of the concert. The institution had invited D'Rivera to the jazz star concert to be held on Friday, April 29 at the presidential mansion, with President Barack Obama and the first sdama Michelle Obama as hosts, but days later the proposal was withdrawn under an alleged veto of the White House.

Then the musician wrote a letter to Obama on April 11, expressing his disagreement and disagreement with what happened. The letter was released on Wednesday and the rectification took place in the following hours.

The artist said he was concerned that the genuine gestures of Obama's voluntasd towards the Cuban people are understood as a call to be complacent with the demands of the Cuban regime.

" ] that these gestures are taken as a pretext to marginalize, even on the soil of the United States, so many that in exile we have defended the right of the Cuban people to freely express themselves and decide their destiny democratically, "added D'Rivera, who defected in an artistic tour in 1981.

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The White House will host on April 29 a broad representation of jazz luminaries. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on the ABC network and the digital sites of the United Nations, UNESCO, the White House and the Department of State on Saturday, April 30, when International Jazz Day is celebrated. Among the celebrities invited to the White House are Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Lionel Loueke, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, James Morrison, Danilo Pérez, Rebirth Brass Band, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding , Sting, and Chucho Valdés, among others.

D'Rivera believes supporters of the Cuban government may be behind the decision to remove him from the guest list because of the presence of pianist Chucho Valdés, yours in the Gru po Irakere and maintains close ties with the government authorities of the island.