Buddy Guy returns to the White House (again) for International Jazz Day 2016

Legendary guitarist Buddy Guy is set to return to the White House later this month for International Jazz Day.

President Obama and Michelle Obama are hosting an all-star concert, where Buddy will be joined by Herbie Hancock, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Trombone Shorty, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Hugh Maskela, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny and more.

The concert will be filmed at the White House on April 29th and broadcast on April 30th, which is the 5th annual International Jazz Day. Catch it as a one-hour primetime ABC television special, or streamed on the United Nations, UNESCO, U.S. State Department and White House websites.

Coincidentally, it will also be the 5th trip Buddy has taken to the Obama White House. First, he appeared in the 2012 PBS Special Red White and Blues, where he famously got President Obama to join the band in a chorus of “Sweet Home Chicago.”  Then he received the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors and visited the White House. The following year he was back for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, paying tribute to Carlos Santana. Then just last year in October, he played at “In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of American Creativity.”

President Obama introduced that event, saying:

In America, we turn life into lyrics.  “Listen to the lyrics,” Buddy Guy once said.  “We’re singing about everyday life:  rich people trying to keep money, poor people trying to get it, and everyone having trouble with their husband or wife!”  (Laughter.)  Except me.  (Applause.)

By the way, people sometimes ask me what the biggest perk of being President is.  Number one is the plane.  (Laughter.)  Number two is Buddy Guy comes here all the time to my house with his guitar.  (Laughter.)  And then Esperanza brings her bass and stuff happens around here.  (Laughter.)

The Secret Service has declined to say whether a 6th visit would get Buddy a free sandwich. In the mean time,  enjoy this clip of Buddy persuading the President to join him in singing Sweet Home Chicago.



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