[JPL] Jazz Heritage Center to Unveil Groundbreaking Exhibit

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Tue May 5 17:02:08 EDT 2009

Jazz Heritage Center to Unveil Groundbreaking Exhibit


Performances by the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet and a special 
celebration kick off exhibit on May 17

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Jazz Heritage Center 
today announced the unveiling of a groundbreaking new exhibit that 
chronicles a time when the U.S. government used American jazz musicians 
as front-line cultural diplomats instead of traditional symphony 
orchestras and ballet companies. Titled Jam Session: America's Jazz 
Ambassadors Embrace the World, the heart of this ambitious project is 
nearly one hundred photographs culled from various archives and 
collections from across the country. The exhibit, organized by the 
Meridian International Center, explores various historic exchange 
programs operated by the U.S. Department of State during the fifties, 
sixties, and seventies. American jazz legends -- names synonymous with 
jazz culture --including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, 
Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman -- participated in these tours as 
cultural ambassadors and are featured in the exhibit.

To kick off the exhibit, the Jazz Heritage Center invites the public to 
a special celebration on Sunday, May 17, from 3 pm to 5 pm, with a live 
musical performance by the Dave Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet from the 
University of Pacific in Stockton, to support the images and various 

Jam Session is part of an international tour which has premiered at 
Washington, D.C.'s Meridian International Center, and most recently, the 
legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The Jazz Heritage 
Center is the exhibit's only West Coast showing, and will run from May 
17, 2009 to June 25, 2009, daily from Noon to 10 pm. Jam Session is a 
free exhibit brought to the San Francisco community through the 
generosity of the Koret Foundation and Friends of the Jazz Heritage Center.

"The Jazz Heritage Center is proud to bring this historic exhibit to 
California," said Peter Fitzsimmons, executive director of the Jazz 
Heritage Center. "Jazz has long played a role in cultural exchange and 
diplomacy, whether through official programs or simply due to its nature 
as a distinctly American, flexible art form that has both absorbed 
influences from across the globe, and in turn impacted music 

The New York Times in 1955 -- and again in 2008 -- referred to our 
country's jazz diplomats as America's "Super Sonic Weapon." Visitors to 
Jam Session will have an opportunity to see and learn why. Several VIP 
and community events are planned throughout the duration of the exhibit 
including a performance and talk with jazz legend Randy Weston, visits 
with local schools, and a special event with the World Affairs Council's 
young professional division, and the Business for Diplomatic Action group.

(Editor's Note: For hi-resolution images please contact 
press at jazzheritagecenter.org)

About the Jazz Heritage Center
The Jazz Heritage Center, located at 1320 Fillmore Street, is the only 
permanent cultural and educational complex dedicated to the long history 
of Jazz in San Francisco and the Fillmore District. By showcasing art 
and historical exhibitions, concerts, films and youth programming, the 
JHC's mission is to preserve and promote jazz, an American national 
treasure, while celebrating its presence as an active, living art form 
in San Francisco and beyond. For more information about Jazz at Heritage 
Center, JHC events, educational programs, membership, and sponsorship 
opportunities for the film screening room, visit 
http://www.jazzheritagecenter.org/, send an email to 
info at jazzheritagecenter.org, or call (415) 255-7745.

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