Jazz: America’s Secret Sonic Weapon. Concert May 12 at Evergreen Museum

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government recruited jazz icons such as Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington to tour the world as cultural ambassadors and burnish America’s reputation as a beacon of multi-cultural freedom and creativity. While this projection often obscured a far more complicated reality, the tours proved incredibly effective, inspiring one reporter to dub them “America’s secret sonic weapon.” | Read more>> Read more

A Blueprint for Building Baltimore’s Jazz Scene

Jazz can play an invaluable role in creating and sustaining a city’s cultural identity. Jazz provides a means for individual and group expression.  It also has the power to build bridges between various ethnic, religious, social, and economic groups.  When jazz is allowed to thrive in a community, the result often resembles a multicolored tapestry, where the integrity of each thread is strengthened by its contribution to the whole.  | Read more>> Read more