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Turkey is Celebrated at Benefit Hosted by LA Phil International Committee

Image LOS ANGELES - The International Committee of the LA Philharmonic hosted "A Night of Turkish Delights" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on May 7, 2016 to spotlight Turkey. The fundraiser was organized in collaboration with the Turkish American Artist Bridge (TAAB) and benefited the LA Philharmonic orchestra.

Guns N' Roses Will Rock Istanbul

Image Guns N’ Roses will rock İstanbul this summer. Turkey will host the legendary American hard rock band for the third time when Guns N’ Roses takes to the stage July 6 in an as-yet-unspecified venue as part of an as-yet-unspecified open-air festival, according to the band’s official website, http://gunsnroses.com/.

A Stirring Moment in Jazz History to Echo in Turkish Embassy

ImageThe ghosts are jamming again. They're playing that hot jazz in the Turkish Embassy's old Sheridan Circle mansion, just as they did in the 1930s and '40s, when the ambassador's boys, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, were always inviting their favorite musicians over to hang and blow and thump. The informal, integrated gatherings achieved near-mythic status - "Washington's most famous private jam sessions," jazz journalist Bill Gottlieb called them in The Washington Post in 1943 - and then they evaporated into history.

"So many people don't know about it," said Namik Tan, Turkey's current ambassador. He's in the mansion's second-floor music parlor, envisioning Lester Young sitting in the wood-paneled room, coaxing those light, airy notes out of his tenor saxophone. Or maybe it's Benny Carter, making his alto sax sing. And aren't those the cats from Duke Ellington's band - Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard - on deck to play?

Turkish Embassy in US Hosts Jazz Musicians

Image To commemorate Turkey's second ambassador in Washington Münir Ertegün and his sons Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün, the Turkish Embassy in Washington will host a series of jazz concerts. The first concert took place Tuesday with a performance by the Grammy-nominated Orrin Evans Trio. The event drew great interest
The Orrin Evans Trio performed during the night.

The Orrin Evans Trio performed during the night. Turkey's Embassy in the United States hosted jazz musicians for the first time in 71 years recently. The embassy hosted a concert in its residence to commemorate Münir Ertegün, Turkey's second ambassador in Washington, and his sons Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün, who opened their doors to black jazz musicians in 1930s and 1940s when racism was so rigid in the country.

Turkish Diva Sezen Aksu Delights Concert Halls for TURKOFAMERICA's Eighth Anniversary

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Photo by Engin Tekin.
When Sezen Aksu arrived at JFK International Airport on April 2, 2010, Turkish Americans were ready to listen to her after her ten-year absence from U.S. concert halls. Even though having gone through a 10-hour trip from Istanbul to New York, she was energetic and had a smiley face. She was happy to be in New York again to perform after 10 years. 

American-Turkish Basketball Player Found Dead in New York

Image NEW YORK – A U.S.-born Turkish basketball player has been found dead in New York, according to media reports. The New York Daily News reported that police found the body of Ali Karadeniz –born Michael Wright — in his SUV under a pile of garbage bags in Brooklyn Tuesday morning. He was sprawled in the backseat of the vehicle and covered with trash bags, the daily said, citing police sources.

Hedo Turkoglu Has Retired

Image Hedo Turkoglu’s 15-year NBA career is officially over—the 36-year-old announced his retirement from the game on November 13th. Turkoglu played for five teams, making his biggest mark with the Orlando Magic (he averaged a career-high 19.5 PPG during the 2007-08 campaign.) The Magic will honor Turkoglu next month.

Legend Turkoglu Takes On New Career Challenge

Image ISTANBUL - Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) president Harun Erdenay unveiled 35-year-old legendary former player Hidayet (Hedo) Turkoglu as the new CEO of the TBF at a press conference in Istanbul on Monday. Turkoglu officially confirmed his retirement as a player last Friday although the writing was on the wall for some time, as he had announced last spring the end of his long international career with Turkey and did not pursue a new contract with any team after concluding the 2014/15 season on the roster of the Los Angeles Clippers. "Hedo has been the NBA player with the longest service to the national team as he played every summer from 1998 through 2013 year and only missed out in 2006 due to injury," TBF president Erdenay said on Monday. "His experience is extremely valuable and the TBF has decided to make use of its value and we are confident that he will contribute a new vision.

Nets to Host Fenerbahce Ulker for Preseason Game at Barclays Center

Image Brooklyn, NY – The Brooklyn Nets will host Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League for a preseason game on October 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, General Manager Billy King announced today. "We are excited to be hosting Fenerbahce, as it will be a reunion for Bojan Bogdanovic with his former team,” said King. "Our fans will have an opportunity to see one of the best coached teams in all of Europe when they come to Brooklyn."
 
 
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