In 2009 United States President and Mrs. Barack Obama launched the first ever White House Music Series: Jazz Studio. The Obamas opened up the entire East Wing of the White House for 150 high school students to learn jazz history and other elements of jazz. The event was organized in conjunction with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and several other institutions.

In this video First Lady Michelle Obama, explains the importance of conserving jazz as an American art form and the correlation between jazz and the democratic process as she introduces the Jazz Studio to the world.


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