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State Dept. Seeks Jazz Ambassadors

Lucky you: the U.S. Department of State wants to send you on an all-expenses paid trip to various foreign locales in 2005. But they only want to send you away if you’re in a jazz quartet. A good jazz quartet. One that likes to get freaky with the Latin rhythms.

Since the late 1990s, the Department of State has teamed with the Kennedy Center to find a few jazz groups that they can dress up in the red, white and blue and send to foreign countries as Jazz Ambassadors, musicians who will share our indigenous improvised music with the rest of the world.

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