The International Council wishes to thank everyone who attended

With a very special thanks to the "Jazz Ambassadors" who made "Jam Session" come alive with their stories and music:

Randy Weston

Buster Cooper

&

Dick Hyman

And a very special thanks to Herb Snitzer, who created beautiful images of so many of the Jazz Ambassadors, and who shared so many of his stories about them...

And...thanks to every musician who played...!

And thanks to every international visitor who relived and shared their stories about the "jazz ambassadors" tours to their countries decades ago...

And thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help with the exhibit and events!

And finally, our great appreciation to our partners and sponsors, who helped us to make this possible! 

Stay tuned for photographs, videos and other memories of this historic photographic exhibit's only stop in Florida!

 


And our very sincere "thank you" to the St. Petersburg Times for allowing us to use this wonderful photo of Louis Armstrong as part of our exhibit!

"Satchmo" Played the World...and St. Pete!

"Jazz Ambassador" Louis Armstrong on stage at the Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg, Florida, circa March 5, 1957. Photograph by Bob Moreland, courtesy of the St. Petersburg Times.

 




 

 

 



 

Through November 21, 2010!

 

 

 

“America’s Jazz Ambassadors” Land in St. Petersburg October 12!

Satchmo in Egypt? Duke Ellington in Iraq? Count Basie in Burma? Dizzy Gillespie in Iran?   

From October 12 – November 21, 2010, The International Council of the Tampa Bay Region presents “Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World!”, an historic photographic chronicle of the days when the US Department of State  sent America's "Jazz Ambassadors" - among them, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie - on a series of overseas "cultural exchange tours" from the 1950s - 1970s.  

“Jam Session” is a collection of nearly 100 photos and posters from the global journeys of these jazz greats. The exhibit has travelled around the world under the auspices of Meridian International Center, and is currently featured at the Shanghai World Expo in China.

The exhibit will be shown at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, with related music and jazz history events around the area, organized in collaboration with the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association.


"Satchmo" Played the World...and St. Pete!

"Jazz Ambassador" Louis Armstrong on stage at the Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg, Florida, circa 1957. Photograph by Bob Moreland, courtesy of the St. Petersburg Times.


This 7-week exhibit also includes a special exhibit of the jazz images of noted photojournalist and author Herb Snitzer, "Jazz Ambassador" lectures by noted jazz historians, "Jazz Ambassador" musical performances, weekly live music "jam sessions", and performances by local high school and college musicians!

Stay tuned for events and more information about this historical exhibit and musical event in Tampa Bay! Click "Jam Session" for up to the moment details and for a media kit and press releases.

Sponsorships are available!

 

 


PAST PERFORMANCES

 

 October 13 Opening Reception:

An Evening Honoring Legendary Jazz Artists! ( Buy Tickets!)

Wednesday, October 13, 6 pm at the St. Petersburg Museum of History 

  • Randy Weston, one of the original “Jazz Ambassadors is a globally-renowned jazz pianist, composer and leader of a 1960s tour in Africa. He will be honored, speak about his State Department tours, and perform a program of his music. 
  • Buster Cooper, another original “Jazz Ambassador”, was a trombonist in the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the 1963 State Department tour. Cooper is a native of St. Petersburg and will be honored at our opening event. 
  • Herb Snitzer, world-renowned photo-journalist, has photographed all of the Jazz Ambassadors and created indelible images of them in rehearsal, on stage, and in their private lives. Snitzer, who currently resides in St. Pete, will also be honored at the opening event, and some of his enduring images of jazz greats will be on display as part of the exhibit. 

Don't Miss This Once In A Lifetime Opportunity to See These Artists Together!


 The “Jam Session” Continues on Tuesday, October 19 @ 7pm!

“New Gen” College Jazz Series!

Featuring

The University of South Florida Jazz Combo

 

The University of South Florida Jazz Combo is a group of seven Graduate and Undergraduate students. The group works together twice a week work shopping original compositions and arrangements. They will be playing 2 sets of jazz standards, arrangements & original compositions.

Featured Musicians:

Luis Colon - Alto Sax
Joe Longardner - Tenor Sax
Bradley Samore - Trumpet
Masayoshi Ishikawa - Piano
Michael Hobson - Guitar
Jon Shea - Bass
Mark Feinman – Drums  

 


 October 26, 2010 7 p.m.

“Next Gen” High School Jazz Series!

Featuring

The Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) Jazz Ensemble

 

Directed by David Pate, the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) Jazz Ensemble, comprised of music students who attend this outstanding magnet program located at Gibbs High School, will perform a program of jazz standards. Musicians include:

  Philip  Charros  , trombone

Josh Riggins, piano

Kelly Rojas, clarinet

Josh Lowe. alto sax

Devin Torres, alto sax

Lyndsey  Collins, tenor sax

Shane Blank, guitar

Zak  Burgette  , bass

Trevor  Mustoe  , drums

 


 Tuesday, October 28 @ 8pm!

"Jam Session" Jam Session!

"Live Under the Benoist"!

Featuring

The Ron Gregg Trio

@ The St. Petersburg Museum of History

Presented by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association

Come Hear/Play & Sing With the Best Local Jazz Artists!

See “Jam Session” Historic Photography Exhibit & Herb Snitzer Jazz Images!

 


Sunday, October 31, 2 p.m.

Student Open Forum

"Studying & Playing Jazz Music!"

with

Mark Feinman,

 Alejandro Arenas

& John O'Leary 

Interested in studying music in college?

What to major in?

Can I double major?

Wondering how to become a professional musician?

Want to know where to find gigs and jam sessions?

Jam Session to Follow!

Bring Your Instrument!

No Charge for this Event!

@The St. Petersburg Museum of History


Sunday, October 31, 6:30 p.m.

"Jazz On The Deuces"

@

The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

A special Museum Exhibit telling the stories of Local Jazz Legends, including Buster Cooper, John Lamb, Al Downing, Ernie Calhoun and countless others.  

Opening Reception & Jazz Jam in the museum's Legacy Gardens!

For more info, see www.woodsonmuseum.org




Thursday, November 4 @ 6:30 pm

Meet Legendary Photo-Journalist & Author

Herb Snitzer!

Mr. Snitzer will sign purchased copies of his book "Jazz: A Visual Journey" (available for sale at the event!)

 

& Talk about his career photographing legendary Jazz Ambassadors, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie & Miles Davis...and his upcoming book!

Tour "Jam Session" and see the iconic Herb Snitzer images of jazz legends in his special exhibit...

"Jam Session" - Live Music Jam Session to Follow...

Catering by the Texas Cattle Company & Cash Bar!

6:30 p.m

@St. Petersburg Museum of History

Herb Snitzer, world-renowned photo-journalist, has photographed all of the Jazz Ambassadors and created indelible images of them in rehearsal, on stage, and in their private lives. Snitzer, who currently resides in St. Pete, was honored at the opening event. Many of his enduring images of jazz greats are on display as part of the "Jam Session" exhibit. 


Tuesday, November 9, 2010 @ 7 p.m.

"Jazz Under the Benoist!"

Featuring

The University of Tampa Jazz Ensemble

@

The St. Petersburg Museum of History


Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 6:30 p.m. 

"An Evening With Dick Hyman"

 

 

Globally-renowned & Emmy Award-winning pianist, composer & arranger, & 1975 "Jazz Ambassador" to the Soviet Union

 

 

Renaissance Vinoy Dinner & Major Musical Event!

Historic Sunset Ballroom

Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club

600 Snell Isle Blvd NE , St. Petersburg

Tickets:  

 $50  per person

$400  (Table of 8)

 

 

Your Tax-Deductible Contribution benefits the programs of The International Council of the Tampa Bay Region, Inc. (A 501-c-3 organization; FEIN: 59-3651710)




 


Thursday, November 11 @ 8pm!

"Jam Session" Jam Session!

"Live Under the Benoist"!

Featuring

The LaRue Nickelson Trio

LaRue Nickelson, guitar
Joe Porter, bass
Ian Goodman, drums

@ The St. Petersburg Museum of History

Presented by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association

Come Hear/Play & Sing With the Best Local Jazz Artists!

See “Jam Session” Historic Photography Exhibit & Herb Snitzer Jazz Images!


 

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