National Archives in DC to Host Jazz Discussion

Topic is “Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World”

On June 24, at 7 p.m., the National Archives in Washington, D.C., will host a discussion led by John Edward Hasse-author, curator, biographer of Duke Ellington and founder of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra-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, incorporating photographic, motion picture 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.

This is the first in a series of programs about jazz in the National Archives. The event is free and seating is first-come, first-served. No RSVP is necessary. Those who attend should enter at the Special Events Entrance of the National Archives on the corner of 7th and Constitution. Doors open 45 minutes prior to the program. More information can be found here.