Lang Lang the jazz all-star

Here’s an eyebrow-raiser:

The dinner’s all-star jazz lineup includes trumpeter Chris Botti, two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, jazz icon Herbie Hancock, rising star Lang Lang and four-time Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves.

This from AP regarding the performers at the White House dinner for Hu Jintao.

Identifying superstar classical pianist Lang Lang as a “rising star” in the context of  an “all-star jazz lineup” is simply bizarre. I can sort of accept that AP would not know he is not a jazz pianist, but it is distressing to think that some White House staff member who was giving out information about the dinner would be unclear about this.

Probably this came about because Hancock and Lang Lang have been doing some performing together. And the paragraph may simply be a matter of bad editing. But still…

Paging Fred Ho!

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