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Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World
  • Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

John Edward Hasse—author, curator, biographer of Duke Ellington, and founder of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra—leads a discussion on efforts by the United States Information Agency, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Department of State to use Jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War, incorporating photographic, motion picture, and sound recordings from the National Archives. Panelists include: Ambassador David Killion, former U.S. Permanent Representative to UNESCO; David Ensor, Director of Voice of America; and Dr. Penny M. Von Eschen, author of Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War.

Jazz logo large greyThis is the first in a series of programs about jazz at the National Archives, which is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives through the generous support of Natixis Global Asset Management.