On April 29, Herbie Hancock, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and more played at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert, held at the White House in Washington, D.C. After opening remarks from President Obama, the concert also featured performances from Aretha Franklin, who paid tribute to the late Prince with a rendition of “Purple Rain” (at the 1:14:00 mark below).
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- Aretha Franklin Set to Perform During International Jazz Day 2016 – March 31, 2016
Aretha Franklin was in the mood for celebrating, and not just because she had a birthday party.
“Good news, we’re ready to sign for the movie,” Franklin said Thursday night of the biopic about her life she has been trying to arrange with Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. “We’ve agreed on all the key points. There’s very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that’s all I wanted.”
Franklin, who turned 74 on March 25, spoke to The Associated Press in the first floor lounge of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where she has held parties before, as some 100 of her friends gathered Thursday to wish her a happy birthday.
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“President Obama and Michelle Obama to host International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert at The White House featuring Herbie Hancock, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Trombone Shorty, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Hugh Masekela, Buddy Guy, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny and many others.”
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What do you feel has been your greatest legacy?
I don’t know — somewhere between the musical and the humanitarian. That was one reason that I was so appreciative of the Presidential Medal of Freedom because it spoke to my service to humanity and the community.
The Queen accomplishes more than just singing, you know.
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