America's "Jazz Ambassadors":
US State Department
Cultural Diplomacy Initiative
1950s - 1970s
Louis Armstrong in Egypt?
Duke Ellington in Iraq?
Randy Weston in Morocco?
Dave Brubeck in Poland?
Dizzy Gillespie in Iran?
“Cultural Diplomacy” – employing the arts to
promote international and inter-cultural understanding – has often helped the United States share its
message abroad, sometimes at critical moments in American foreign policy.
During the Cold War 1950s – 1970s, America’s cultural
ambassadors were the great jazz musicians of all time.
Under a special program of the US Department of State, they took
America’s “classical music” to millions of listeners in Eastern Europe, East Asia, Africa and Latin America. In
many cases, this was the first time American jazz was heard in live performance behind the Iron
Fortunately, there was a photographic record of these “jazz
ambassadors.” Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. has
created an extraordinary photographic exhibit, sent it around the world, and have now brought it back for a US
tour. You can preview "Jam Session" at:
Presented by the International Council of the Tampa Bay Region,
“Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World” is a collection of 100 photos and posters from the
global journeys of these jazz greats.
The exhibit in St. Petersburg is the only Florida
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"America's Jazz Ambassadors"
Jazz Photography of Herb
"Jam Session" Community Partners