WHITE HOUSE OF BLUES

Obamas Host Jazz Night

The First Family welcomed the first family of jazz-along with 150 youngmusic students-to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday, temporarilytransforming the White House into the Marsalis Music School. WithMichelle acting as hostess for the event--the first in a series of threeplanned music education sessions at the presidential mansion--guestinstructors Brothers Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalisshared their expertise on trumpet, saxophone, trombone and drums,respectively. Piano-playing Marsalis patriarch, Ellis Marsalis, was saidto be on hand as well. Other faculty included trumpeter Sean Jones,saxophonist/clarinetist Todd Williams and singer-pianist Eli Yamin, allfrom Wynton Marsalis' musical circle. The students hailed from musicacademies in DC and the Marsalis family's hometown of New Orleans.What's next in the series? Lessons in country and classical music, theWhite House reports.