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Jazz Diplomacy: Promoting America in the Cold War Era by Lisa E. Davenport

By Lisa E. Davenport

Jazz as an tool of worldwide international relations reworked superpower family within the chilly warfare period and reshaped democracy?‚'s picture around the world. Lisa E. Davenport tells the tale of America?‚'s application of jazz international relations practiced within the Soviet Union and different areas of the area from 1954 to 1968. Jazz tune and jazz musicians appeared an amazing card to play in diminishing the credibility and charm of Soviet communism within the jap bloc and past. Government-funded musical junkets via such jazz masters as Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman dramatically stimulated perceptions of the U.S. and its capitalist model of democracy whereas easing political tensions in the middle of severe chilly struggle crises. This publication exhibits how, while dealing with international questions on desegregation, the dispute over the Berlin Wall, the Cuban missile problem, Vietnam, and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, jazz avid gamers and their handlers wrestled with the inequalities of race and the emergence of sophistication clash whereas selling the United States in a world context. And, as jazz musicians are wont to do, lots of those ambassadors riffed off script whilst the chance arose.Jazz international relations argues that this musical approach to successful hearts and minds frequently transcended financial and strategic priorities. having said that, the objective of containing communism remained paramount, and it prevailed over America?‚'s coverage of redefining kin with rising new international locations in Africa, Asia, and Latin the USA.

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In this vein, the travels of Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Charles Lloyd, Marian Anderson, and many others revealed an American commitment to the modernist ideals of progress and openness, and these artists themselves became models of the dynamism of a democratic system. As the Cold War intensified, jazz diplomacy aimed to portray several important themes about America’s Cold War culture. First, it softened the emerging policy of containment by revealing the softer, more civilized side of American society.

41 Jazz scholar Marshall Stearns accompanied Gillespie on the tour to give lectures on the history of jazz. Audiences responded enthusiastically to Gillespie’s music because he imparted a spirit of democracy and engendered a positive image of race in American life. The embassy in Dacca, East Pakistan, for example, declared that the Pakistani people saw jazz as a “radical innovation” and quickly grew accustomed to it. Although Gillespie’s tour did not achieve commercial success because of competing events, it proved “successful in its basic aims,” according to William L.

John C. ”33 The Prague embassy advocated tours to Czechoslovakia for such groups as Jose Limone’s Dance Troupe and the Cleveland Orchestra, yet remained uncertain about whether an American group could perform in Czechoslovakia—Czech policy depended on American policy toward the Soviets. ”34 Toward this end, Robert Dowling, chairman of the board of the American National Theater Academy, traveled to the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia in an effort to negotiate a tour for a musical comedy. Llewellyn E.

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