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From a press release:
“From April through August 2014 the National Archives, with its nonprofit partner the Foundation for the National Archives, presents free jazz-related panel discussions, concerts, film screenings, special events, and family activities exploring one of America’s greatest cultural exports.
The series, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the famed Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, kicks off at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the National Archives with “Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World,”a panel discussion on how the U.S. Government used jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War.
The programs will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.
Discussion: “Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World”
Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. (available live on National Archives UStream channel)
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. The program will incorporate photographs, motion picture excerpts, 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. (more…)