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Bush, Jazz & America’s Language

The First Lady made her way to downtown D.C. to hear some uptown jazz this week. At the Tuesday, April 16, performance by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) in Washington, D.C., honored guest Laura Bush stated that jazz is “the language of America” before she clamed up and enjoyed some hot swing.

The Washington Performing Arts Society-sponsored concert at the Kennedy Center was part of the LCJO’s 2001-2002 “United in Swing” tour. As seen in the photo, the First Lady greeted LCJO chief Wynton Marsalis backstage before the show. Bush also praised Jazz at Lincoln Center in her speech for its education programs.

There is no proof to the rumor, however, that Marsalis was operating marionette strings attached to Mrs. Bush, throwing his voice in a higher pitch when she called jazz “the language of America.”

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