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In Performance at the White House: Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

“In Performance at the White House: Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz” showcases an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Bush at the White House in honor of the Thelonious Monk Institute and the jazz music genre. Hosted by Barbara Walters, the evening includes performances by Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker, Wayne Shorter, Nnenna Freelon, Clark Terry, Lisa Henry and Bobby Watson, among others. It also includes interviews with jazz notables Hancock and Thelonious Monk, Jr. The program is rounded out by behind-the-scenes and documentary footage, as well as interviews with the artists.

The program airs Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. (Check local listings.)

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President George W. Bush stands with performers on stage in the East Room as he offers closing remarks to guests at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz dinner at the White House.

Credit: White House photo by Shealah Craighead

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Mrs. Laura Bush welcomes guests to the East Room for entertainment during the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz dinner at the White House.

Credit: White House photo by Shealah Craighead

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Jazz vocalist Lisa Henry and saxophonist Bobby Watson perform “Kansas City” during the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz dinner at the White House.

Credit: White House photo by Shealah Craighead

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President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush listen as vocalist Anita Baker sings “My Funny Valentine” during the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz dinner at the White House.

Credit: White House photo by Shealah Craighead

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Vocalist Nnenna Freelon and musician Clark Terry perform in the East Room during the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz dinner at the White House.

Credit: White House photo by Shealah Craighead

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