CBCF Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Jazz Forum and Concert at ALC

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Panel and showcase to feature award-winning artists Yosvany Terry and Gary Bartz, Presented by Aspire TV

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today announced that award-winning artists Yosvany Terry and Gary Bartz will join host Rep. John Conyers, Jr. for the 30th anniversary of the Jazz Issue Forum and Concert, Sept. 17, during the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

“Jazz music is an American treasure and a historic art form,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the CBCF. “As it is the product of African-American creativity and ingenuity, we are proud to provide a forum to discuss its influence and showcase the artists who are keeping the tradition alive.”

The Jazz Issue Forum, 1:30 p.m, Sept. 17, is entitled, Jazz Preservation, Education and Promulgation in The African Diaspora: Cuba. The session will explore the unique relationship between American and Afro Cuban jazz. Yosvany Terry and Gary Bartz will serve as panelists. Terry, a Cuban saxophonist and composer, is a Harvard lecturer on music and recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award. Grammy award winner and Baltimore native Gary Bartz is the 2015 BNY Mellon Living Legacy Award Honoree. He has recorded more than 40 albums, and has been featured on more than 200.

The Jazz Concert, 8 p.m., Sept. 17, will feature performances by Yosvany Terry and Afrocuban Roots and the Gary Bartz Quartet. Host Rep. Conyers will also present the 2015 CBCF Jazz Legacy Award to honorees Gary Bartz and Cuban percussionist Candido Camero.

ASPiRE will formally recognize the Rep. John Conyers during the jazz concert for his efforts to preserve, advance and memorialize jazz as a true African-American art form.

The Jazz Issue Forum and Concert are included with the ALC registration. For more information or to register to attend the ALC, visit cbcfinc.org/alc.


The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. Lawmakers, business and civic leaders, celebrities, and concerned citizens attend the conference to participate in more than 70 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, civic engagement, and the Exhibit Showcase. Signature events include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

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