March 27, 2021
This concert is offered at no charge, thanks to our
G David (dec) & Trudy Holman Hurd
The Real Ambassadors is a jazz musical developed by Dave and Iola Brubeck, in collaboration with Louis Armstrong and his band. It addresses the Civil Rights Movement, the music business, America’s place in the world during the Cold War, the nature of God, and a number of other themes. Songs from the musical were recorded by Columbia Records and a soundtrack album was released in 1962, just before the show’s premiere at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival.
The Brubecks and Armstrong were part of a campaign by the State Department to spread American culture and music around the world during the Cold War. Fittingly, The Real Ambassadors was about the important role that musicians play as unofficial ambassadors for their countries.
For this special performance from the Louis Armstrong House and The Django Club in New York City and the Brubeck House in Connecticut, the album will be performed in its entirety by a talented septet including
Jake Goldbas – Artistic Director/Drums
Alphonso Horne – Trumpet/Voice
Camille Thurman – Saxophone/Voice
Vuyo Sotashe – Voice
Shenel Marie Johns – Voice
Chris Pattishall – Piano
Endea Owens – Bass
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