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Author Hatschek, Keith, author.

Title The real ambassadors : Dave and Iola Brubeck and Louis Armstrong challenge segregation / Keith Hatschek ; foreword by Yolande Bavan.

Publication Info. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  781.6509 HAT    DUE 03-28-23
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Description xv, 279 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
text txt rdacontent
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volume nc rdacarrier
Series American made music series
American made music series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword -- Prologue -- Meet the Brubecks -- Words and music -- Becoming jazz ambassadors -- Finding a producer -- Joe Glaser -- Standing up to segregation -- Securing Satchmo -- Gatheriing momentum -- A promising proposal: "The real ambassadors" in London -- Recording "The real ambassadors" -- The most expensive demo ever made -- Messengers of change -- The road to Monterey -- A night to remember -- Reception and reactions -- Rediscovering "The real ambassadors" -- Epilogue.
Summary "Keith Hatschek tells the story of three determined artists: Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, and Iola Brubeck and the stand they took against segregation by writing and performing a jazz musical titled The Real Ambassadors. First conceived by the Brubecks in 1956, the musical's journey to the stage for its 1962 premiere tracks extraordinary twists and turns across the backdrop of the civil rights movement. A variety of colorful characters, from Broadway impresarios to gang-connected managers, surface in the compelling storyline. During the Cold War, the US State Department enlisted some of America's greatest musicians to serve as jazz ambassadors, touring the world to trumpet a so-called "free society." Honored as celebrities abroad, the jazz ambassadors, who were overwhelmingly African Americans, returned home to racial discrimination and deferred dreams. The Brubecks used this double standard as the central message for the musical, deploying humor and pathos to share perspectives on American values. On September 23, 1962, The Real Ambassadors's stunning debut moved a packed arena at the Monterey Jazz Festival to laughter, joy, and tears. Although critics unanimously hailed the performance, it sadly became a footnote in cast members' bios. The enormous cost of reassembling the star-studded cast made the creation impossible to stage and tour. However, The Real Ambassadors: Dave and Iola Brubeck and Louis Armstrong Challenge Segregation caps this jazz story by detailing how the show was triumphantly revived in 2014 by Jazz at Lincoln Center. This reaffirmed the musical's place as an integral part of America's jazz history and served as an important reminder of how artists' voices are a powerful force for social change"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Brubeck, Dave. Real ambassadors.
Brubeck, Dave -- Criticism and interpretation.
Brubeck, Iola -- Criticism and interpretation.
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971 -- Criticism and interpretation.
African American musicians -- Criticism and interpretation.
African American women musicians -- Criticism and interpretation.
Glaser, Joe, 1896-1969.
Jazz -- Social aspects.
Jazz -- History and criticism.
Music and race -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Music and diplomacy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Added Author Bavan, Yolande, writer of foreword.
ISBN 9781496837776 hardcover
1496837770 hardcover
9781496837844 trade paperback
1496837843 paperback

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