For immediate release
June 6, 2002
NPR:Laura Gross,

New York City, "Still Standing Tall" On July 4th
Special Jazz Concert Presented by NPRŽ

WASHINGTON, DC - On the day Americans celebrate patriotism and independence, NPR presents a live concert from New York City honoring New Yorkers and Americans through what trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis calls "the most democratic of art forms," jazz. The broadcast, "Still Standing Tall," anchored by NPR's Neal Conan, will take place at Historic Battery Park, a few blocks away from where the World Trade Center once stood, and will air on NPR member stations from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. EST.

Conan will conduct interviews with artists featured in the concert as well as with New Yorkers in attendance. Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, will be onstage with his orchestra along with performers Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble and other special guests. The program will be hosted onstage by Gary Walker of NPR member station WBGO, Newark. The concert is one of the highlights of New York's "River to River Festival." NPR member station WNYC New York Public Radio is a media sponsor of the festival.

"After September the eleventh, I can't think of a more appropriate place for an Independence Day broadcast," said Conan. "The spirit and determination we've seen in New York are the same qualities of character that helped shape our nation and it will be a thrill to participate."

The concert will be broadcast on pubic radio stations that air Talk of the NationŽ from NPR News, public radio stations airing jazz music, and many other public radio stations throughout the country. For a list of NPR stations in your area, visit

The broadcast is a collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and New York's Murray Street Productions.

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