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Crispin Cioe with Esperanza Spalding at the White House

Crispin Cioe with Esperanza Spalding

Crispin Cioe performs with Esperanza Spalding as Music Director and saxophonist for “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of American Creativity“. Taped in the East Room of the White House, the concert airs nationally on PBS.

Among the stars performing is Jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding. She gives a brilliant rendition of “On the Sunny Side of the Street“.

One of the absolutely astounding artists we backed up that night was Esperanza Spalding . . . just amazing!

— Crispin Cioe, Music Director and Saxophonist

As Music Director, Crispin Cioe performs with Esperanza Spalding

President and Mrs. Obama Are Hosts

President and Mrs. Obama host the all-star music tribute celebrating the cultural resonance of art and literature in unique American musical forms. In addition to Esperanza Spalding, the evening includes performances by Buddy Guy, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Audra McDonald, Keb’ Mo’, Smokey Robinson, Trombone Shorty, Brian Stokes Mitchell, James Taylor and Usher, with special readings and remarks from Carol Burnett.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act

These performances commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act that was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 29, 1965. The act called for the creation of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as separate, independent agencies, the culmination of a movement calling for the federal government to invest in culture.

The Song Selections Are Uniquely American

The song selections for the evening draw from American-originated musical genres, including hip-hop, blues and the American Songbook. The hour-long program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, is the fifty-fifth production in the series’ thirty-seven year history.

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