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Jazz for Peace Concert at the United Nations September 25, 2002

Jazz for Peace rose from the ashes of the horrifying tragedy of 9/11 starting with a poem that was written witnessing those very events on a rooftop less than a quarter of a mile away from Ground Zero on that fateful morning. With the 10th Anniversary of this historical United Nations event upon us, we are putting a special priority on helping outstanding causes to bring our world together and unite people in a positive way as we continue our mission to help those who are helping others. For more information please visit www.jazzforpeace.org


L-R: Richard Khuzami, Vito Lesczak, Assaf Hakimi, Jay Collins and Rick DellaRatta

"It was indeed a pleasure to perform with Rick and the other musicians

at the United Nations, especially at a time when the raw emotions of 9/11 were still so fresh. It has always been my firm belief that only through cultural and trade interaction will the nations in the Middle East find
common ground, and eventually the mutual respect that will make a peace possible.

I greatly appreciated the opportunity Rick provided to make my musical voice heard at such a great venue for such a great purpose. I also appreciated the opportunity to perform with such a diverse group of musicians, hopefully creating music that reflected that diversity."

                                                                                                         Richard Khuzami 

Rick DellaRatta's Poem written on 9/11 which inspired this event:

I hear "Jazz For Peace" coming through the trees

And in my heart it fills me like a celebration

I see the light, and I want to follow

Inspired by the past contributions of those that came before

And laid the groundwork for us to build on

In this universal language that is a gift for all mankind

And when we speak it, people are enlightened

By the creativity and artistry that stands for peace and love

And humanity and intelligence that leads to reaching potential

That we have in our soul, so we can raise our total conscience

And see that the gift of giving is our greatest privilege

I hear "Jazz For Peace"!

Rick DellaRatta's post 9/11 concert appearances on Sept. 27 and Oct. 8, 2001 sets the stage for the UN invitation!


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(Manager of Jazz Artist Rick DellaRatta from 1997 through 2002)

 Rick wrote The Jazz for Peace poem stating that through Jazz people can heal and be brought to a higher form of consciousness after our world became debilitated by 9/11.

He asked how we can arrange musical events with a cause and thought it would be a good idea to start with a concert at The United Nations as a kick start to a world wide tour.

I contacted promoters from The Middle East (Turkey, Israel, Iraq, Iran, etc) as well as contacts in Washington DC for the purpose of gathering U.S. musicians and Middle East musicians, creating a concert, demonstrating to world leaders how we can all get along through music.

I went to the UN information desk and asked who I could talk to in regards to putting a concert together on their site. 

Rick knew musicians from Middle Eastern (both Arab and Israeli), European and American nationalities.

The date was set for September 25, 2002 in memory of 9/11. I sent press releases out to national and international media as well as NYC political leaders inviting them to The Jazz for Peace performance.

If we can succeed, perhaps it would catch on and be followed by other conflicting groups which were destroying our world.

In addition I also thought it would be a good idea to donate musical instruments to underprivileged children.

I then successfully arranged the first Jazz for Peace Concert at the United Nations, not realizing at the time what a historic event I was part of and which would touch the lives of so many people around the world.

Marylou Pedone Deo Volente Jazz & Blues Management



United Nations Concert Flyer

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United Nations Press Release

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Letter of Invitation to United Nations Event


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Press Release including United Nations event and World Tour to follow

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Post Concert Promo mentioning the United Nations Concert

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World Leaders:

 This concert along with the now famous benefit concert series that was launched from it has gone on to unite more world leaders than any other musical event including both Woodstock and Live Aid combined.

Here are just a few of the many world leaders and dignitaries who have mentioned, written and//or spoke about the Sept. 25, 2002 United Nations Jazz for Peace concert:

United States President Barack Obama - http://www.jazzforpeace.org/obamaletter.pdf

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - http://www.jazzforpeace.org/senatorclinton.pdf

United States Congressman Alcee Hastings: http://www.jazzforpeace.org/hastings.pdf

Labor Secretary of Sao Paulo, Brazil Professor Marcos Cintrahttp://www.jazzforpeace.com/brazil09.htm


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Articles interviewing founder Rick DellaRatta about the United Nations Concert:





 Sept. 25, 2002 United Nations Event Continues to make History:   http://www.peacebuttons.info/E-News/peacehistoryseptember.htm



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