Wednesday January 19, 2011
A Jazzy All-American State Dinner For Chinese Prez
It’ll be jazz on the stage and prominent Chinese-Americans in the audience Wednesday night as Michelle and Barack Obama throw a “quintessentially American” state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. What’s for dinner at the hottest event in town? Meat and potatoes, washed down with apple pie and ice cream for dessert, of course.
Action film star Jackie Chan was supplying some of the celebrity star power for the A-list guest list. Singer Barbra Streisand turned up at a State Department luncheon for the Chinese president and was expected to turn out for the dinner, too.
The dinner’s all-star jazz lineup includes trumpeter Chris Botti, two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, jazz icon Herbie Hancock, rising star Lang Lang and four-time Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves.
Jazz pianist Peter Martin, part of the entertainment lineup, prepped for his appearance by springing for a tux.
“I’m finally a grown-up, graduated from renting to owning,” Martin tweeted, adding that he was “super-excited” about the White House gig.
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