Monday, March 24, 2008

Benny Goodman, Vanessa Rubin, Ron Carter, Joe Lovano

Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World

Exhibition Opening Reception and Concert:
Thursday, April 3 at 6:30pm, cocktails, jazz music, and remarkable artwork.
Cultural Diplomacy Discussion and Concert – April 11

Meridian will hold two panel discussions on April 11, 2008 bringing together scholars, public diplomacy officials, and jazz enthusiasts, to share their knowledge of the State Department tours and examine the implications of these efforts as they relate to our current needs.

To RSVP for the April 3 reception, call (202) 483-0429.

To RSVP for the April 11 panel discussions, reception, and concert with Dave Brubeck, call (202) 993-5543.

Meridian presents a photographic exhibition that chronicles the international tours of legendary jazz musicians selected by the U.S. State Department to serve as roving cultural "ambassadors" from the 1950's through the 1970's. Over 100 compelling images, together with posters and other materials, portray the journeys of music greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, and Sarah Vaughan.

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