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From “Compelling Journeys series”
Be sure to watch the YouTube video of our college favorite, James Rivers on bagpipes as he continues to inspire new audiences and create sweet nostalgia for loyal fans. — Susan & Ambassador Mo Sacirbey
By, Ambassador Muhamed (Mo) Sacirbey with Susan Sacirbey contributing
Come join us for a little “Le Bon Temps Roulet !” It’s too bad that the Ole River does not flow upstream, as culture at least once did to deliver the roots & diversity that now defines American music, jazz to blues to rock. — Read More —


Diplomat Artist Buzz on International Jazz Day – 30 April

Music is beyond just entertainment, but part of a culture shared from Africa to the Americas to Asia and Europe. It promotes a vision of what is possible when the globe treasures identity, artistic expression & culture & works in harmony toward mutual respect.

International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day: “When a human being is oppressed, the natural tendency is to feel anger. Jazz is a response to oppression that is not bullets & blood. Jazz is the expression of harmony – at same time of hope & freedom.” Herbie Hancock


Cape May, New Jersey with its historic Victorian architecture may appear to share little with New Orleans, but when the end of the road meets the water, music become the vessel for cultural exploration. Key West is an outpost of year-round hedonism; Rotterdam is the port to Europe; Monterey is a Pacific biosphere; and New Orleans, well is New Orleans. Over the last couple of decades, Cape May the tail of New Jersey, has been promoting its own musical identity from beyond the tradition of summer family fun surrounded by the sea, to a Singer/Songwriters gathering that consumes a spring weekend, to an International Jazz Festival.

Open Mic becomes a Rock & Blues Concert!

Music has become an instrument of healing along much of the Jersey Coast after a devastating Hurricane Sandy. See: Linked by Tragedy of Disaster – Revived by Music largely avoided the destruction of shore communities further north, but with New Jersey’s ever more recognized music culture, Cape May is now a cornerstone of venues and artists. A couple of weekends earlier, Ambassador Mo and I wandered into the Mad Batter on a late Sunday afternoon. The sleepy exterior of a town still waking from a long winter was dissolved in our preconceptions as an open-mic evening broke into one of the more memorable music concerts bringing together unique local and national talent. We went to sleep that night at the Victorian Inn pleasantly relaxed by the robust air and fresh sounds reverberating. I must admit my voice was a bit hoarse as I could not resist joining in a few songs, among them Delaware Bay and I Love Cape May.

We first ventured to Cape May as the ferry connection that links New Jersey with the Delmarva Peninsula. A couple more times we had the opportunity to explore the rich ecology of the wetlands as well as walk the endless beaches. Thus, the inner town of Cape May was a bit of a discovery when we meandered into what was then the “Cape May Jazz Festival.”

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival:   

There is at least another person in Cape May who knows the meaning of “Le Bon Temps Roule” (Let the good times roll.) Michael Kline is a former New Orleans resident, jazz radio host, and music-artist agent who is now the Producer of the aptly named “Exit 0 International Jazz Festival.” (Cape May is the last exit or exit zero on the Garden State Parkway.) With a glass of wine by the fireplace of the Brown Room in historic Congress Hall, Michael gave me a bit of his longer-term vision as well as current plans for the Festival – as much a “blues” as it is jazz festival.

Like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Exit Zero Fest is more inclusive of a broader variety of music and artists from around the globe. Some of its more prominent musicians are ambassadors for their art and represent a rising tide of diplomat-artists. In the near future, Exit 0 International Jazz Festival seeks to become one of the linchpins in the rosary of international festivals, most of which start where the road ends: Rotterdam, Monterey, Newport, New Orleans, etc.

Surf & Sounds

This year Exit 0 will initiate a late spring, May 30 – June 1 (as well fall event, November 7-9, 2014.)  A three-day, weekend trifecta of over 100 international musicians with a palette of styles ranging from jazz, soul, blues, and R&B will entertain tourists in the Nation’s oldest seashore resort, also a National Historic Landmark City. The Emlen Physick Estate on Saturday will be transformed into an outdoor stage venue with world-class performances and a variety of styles: Daisy Castro, a violinist with Gypsie-Jazz Influence; Vince Giordano’s 20’s & 30’s music heard on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire; Matuto’s Appalachian-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound; and culminating with Jon Cleary, born in England, but New Orleans bred, whose great hooks and slanky New Orleans feel cements a great experience. Jazz at the Estate celebrates a quarter-century for the Cape May Music Festival and is a new collaboration between Exit 0 Jazz and Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC.)

Infused European-style, like Charleston’s Spoleto, and the ever present sound of the surf accompanies visitors as they stroll from venue to vendor, all senses to be tantalized. Epicurean delights including South Jersey foods, locally produced wines, spirits, and brews, and of course crafts and great shopping satisfy that other appetite.

World Meets the Cape

Festival Headliners will appear each night at Convention Hall:

– Dee Dee Bridgewater, American Jazz vocalist, thrice Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter,  and UN Goodwill Ambassador will captivate the stage Friday. This global diva has performed the world stage at the inaugural International Jazz Day Concert at UN Headquarters organized jointly by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.  In fact, April 30th has been designated International Jazz Day, which spotlights jazz as a diplomatic bridge uniting cultures and people around the world.

Visitors will not have to travel to Strasbourg – Saint-Denis, Paris to hear American Jazz Trumpeter, two-time Grammy Award Winner, Roy Hargrove. Having played with legends Wynton Marsalis (who coincidentally discovered his talent while visiting Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Visual Arts) and Herbie Hancock, Hargrove will have his audience caught in the verve of kool jazz and a blend of funk, hip-hop, soul, and gospel Saturday night.

– The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers is an apropos finale to a special “A Night in New Orleans”.  If you haven’t experienced Kermit at his former New Orleans speakeasy or New Orleans Jazz Fest, perhaps you heard his unique funk and brass on the set of HBO’s Treme.  Influenced by Louis Armstrong, this native New Orleans great will have the audience moving to his vocals and trumpet climaxing Sunday night.

Throughout the weekend, club venues like The Boiler Room in Congress Hall, Carney’s, Cabanas, Harvey’s Bar & Grille, Marq’s Pub, and Aleathea’s open their doors to revelry, great music, and lagniappe — Cajun, for a little something extra.

You get a special feeling when crossing the bridge into Cape May.  Even if you’ve never been there before, you’ll have a deja vu experience. Exit 0 International Jazz Festival is a month away, and I can’t wait; for I Love Cape May.

Lyrics to “I Love Cape May,” by Kevin Mulderig

When we were young there was little pay
The Jersey shore seemed far away
But we went down whenever we could
Mostly we just went to Wildwood
Then I met a girl from the tip of the state
She took me there and we learned to skate
Round and round at Convention Hall
Switching partners we answered the call

Now I love Cape May
From the beach to the bay
I Love the bars and the restaurants
The waitresses and the debutantes
The candy stores and the hot dog joint
Watching birds at Cape May Point
This town if full of history
It’s the story of you and me
On the beach with the kids in tow
We watch them play we watch them grow
A piece of fudge at the penny arcade
Walk along the promenade
Shorts and sweatshirts against the night
Down the shore everything’s alright


The sound of music is everywhere
Like gingerbread and the fine salt air
It’s in the fabric of this old town
Nothing here to bring you down
Sunset beach at the end of the day
The flag is folded and put away
Stones reflect the sun’s last ray
As it slips into the bay

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PHOTOS: Courtesy of Michael Kline, Exit 0 International Jazz Festival

Susan Sacirbey @DiplomaticallyX
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Music represents the great bridge over cultural and ethnic diversity and is the conduit for harmonizing and enriching humanity’s wellbeing. It seems appropriate and coincidental that today, 22 March “World Water Day”, that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bestowed a Goodwill Ambassadorship on Tan Dun, a renowned Chinese composer. Also today, the head of UNESCO noted that 90 per cent of the world’s population lives in countries that must share water resources with their neighbours.


Tan, born in Hunan Province in 1957, is a blend of musical enrichment. At an early age he was influenced by Shaman rituals and ceremonies, which incorporated organic objects like rocks and water. Peasants provided the knowledge of traditional Chinese string instruments. Tan received classical training at the Central Conservatory of Music and performed at the Beijing Opera Orchestra on the viola. As an ‘80’s doctoral student at Columbia University in New York City, he discovered experimental musicians: Philip Glass, John Cage, Meredith Monk, and Steve Reich.


Tan’s compositions also utilize non-traditional, organic instruments like amplified bowls of water in lieu of percussion instruments. As part of his multi-media repertoire, he includes orchestras, video, and the audience. However, Tan is probably best known for his movie scores in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,”


Music, like water, is a precious resource. It must be shared, embraced, and sustained for all global citizens.  Congratulations, Tan Dun, for being a bridge over troubled water.


UN News Centre Source


UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said Mr. Tan was chosen because of his “efforts to promote intercultural dialogue through music, consciousness of the scarcity of natural resources such as water, and the diversity of languages,” as well as for his dedication to the ideals and aims of the UN.

Mr. Tan is known for his creative repertoire, which spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. He is most widely known for his scores for the movies ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘Hero.’

His music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on radio and television. Mr. Tan has also conducted renowned orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Tan will join the ranks of distinguished personalities who use their name and fame to spread the ideals of the agency, such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela of South Africa, United States jazz musician Herbie Hancock and Cuban ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso.




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On 1 April, 2012, Diplomatically Incorrect instituted  “Diplomat Artist of the Month.” Elie Naaman is our first June Diplomat Artist from the world of sports & popular culture. His is a unique distinction as this honor is being bestowed posthumously as a tribute & celebration of his life, cut short at age 22, on 23 May 2012, in Beirut, Lebanon outside of his motorcycle repair shop. –More–

Blog Report: Herbie Hancock – May’s Diplomat Artist, By, Susan Sacirbey
Herbie Hancock, or  Ambassador Cool, is Diplomatically Incorrect’s profiled Diplomat Artist of the month. Coming on the United Nations World Stage at New York Headquarters April 30th, he graced a captivated audience for International Jazz Day. As jazz maestro, Herbie Hancock says “Jazz is the International Language” a fitting description for his United Nations’ performance. –More–

April 30 is International Jazz Day, and UNESCO will celebrate with concerts in Paris, New Orleans, and at UNHQ in NYC.
Why International Jazz Day?