[JPL] Jazz Ambassadors Honored for Decades of Outreach

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Sat Apr 10 12:49:04 EDT 2010


  Jazz Ambassadors Honored for Decades of Outreach

By David Bois <http://www.tonic.com/contributor/david-bois/> | Friday, 
April 9, 2010 2:21 PM ET

Jazz has not just entertained people worldwide but has played a key role 
in helping America to show our best face to the world.

The uniquely American music that is jazz has, since its development 
beginning in the earliest days of the 20th Century, flourished into one 
of our most recognized and best loved exports. It's molded from diverse 
sources of musical tradition from Europe, Africa and right here in the 
US into a loose form that even today still continues to shift and 
evolve. Jazz has found its way into audiences and musical libraries 
worldwide.

The art form itself, and many of the musicians associated with jazz's 
increased popularity during the last century have served an important 
role in fostering cultural exchange, in providing a very special form of 
diplomacy that political figures simply cannot match. As Dr. Curtis 
Sandberg explains in an article originally published by Jazz Times 
<http://jazztimes.com/contributors/10610-dr-curtis-sandberg> (published 
in full here <http://www.meridian.org/jazzambassadors/>) the 
Eisenhower-era 1950s provided the setting for an America deep in the 
throes of Cold War and in need of global public relations successes 
outside the boundaries of traditional political and diplomatic 
mechanisms. To extend to the world the hand of American friendship, the 
US called jazz to service.

Arising from a proposal by New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. 
for the late trumpet player and bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie to form a 
big band to travel and perform in Europe and the Middle East, The Jazz 
Ambassadors 
<http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/jazz/ambassadors/>were born in 
1956. Over the following years, other jazz luminaries including Louis 
Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughan 
would span the globe and delight audiences with performances in dozens 
of countries.

In recognition of a half century of outreach, the US State Department 
<http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/04/139874.htm> in partnership 
with The Meridian International Center 
<http://www.meridian.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1> is 
honoring The Jazz Ambassadors, offering thanks and recognition for their 
decades of musical service. Featuring selected photographs from the 
traveling Jam Session 
<http://www.meridian.org/jazzambassadors/schedules.php> exhibition, and 
featuring performances by a new generation of young musicians, the April 
9 reception and performance at Meridian Center in Washington DC offers 
thanks to an American art form for their role in helping to show the US 
at our very best.



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