05 May Aretha Franklin Sings “Purple Rain” on Fazioli at White House
WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday the 30th of April 2016, President Obama welcomed Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, jazz icons along with Morgan Freeman, Dame Helen Mirren and others to the White House’s International Jazz Day celebration.
After opening remarks from President Obama, which can also be found below, the concert also featured performances from Aretha Franklin, who paid tribute to the late Prince with a rendition of “Purple Rain” (at the 1:14:00 mark). Esperanza Spalding, Buddy Guy, Sting, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Hugh Masekela, Al Jarreau, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, and many others also performed. Watch the full 94-minute special via UNESCO: