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Jazz Diplomacy: Promoting America in the Cold War Era

Lisa E. Davenport

Abstract

Jazz as an instrument of global diplomacy transformed superpower relations in the Cold War era and reshaped democracy’s image worldwide. This book tells the story of America’s program of jazz diplomacy practiced in the Soviet Union and other regions of the world from 1954 to 1968. Jazz music and jazz musicians seemed an ideal card to play in diminishing the credibility and appeal of Soviet communism in the Eastern bloc and beyond. Government-funded musical junkets by such jazz masters as Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman dramatically influenced p ... More

Keywords: jazz music, jazz musicians, diplomacy, Cold War, jazz diplomacy, democracy, Soviet Union, communism, race, class conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604732689
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732689.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa E. Davenport, author