jazz diplomacy

For several years now, American and German officials have struggled with how best to respond to Deso Dogg. The Ghanaian-German artist, whose legal name is Denis Cuspert, gained popularity during the mid-2000s as a pioneer in Germany’s gangsta-rap scene, performing with DMX and recording tracks like “Gangxtaboggy,” “Daz Iz Ein Drive By,” and “Meine Ambition Als Ridah.”

In its rapid transformation from quiet backwater to emerging global player, the tiny Gulf nation of Qatar has embraced many aspects of western culture. For some traditionalists, jazz music is one of those vices. Nevertheless, Doha has recently opened a jazz venue in partnership with legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

October 14, 2012

Jazz Diplomacy is powerful because it has no language limitation. Korean speaks Korean and Panamanian speaks Spanish. However that gap is closed through the universal language of music.

Tom Carter... felt it was appropriate to honor Albright and “highlight the role of jazz as a diplomatic tool” in the same year that the institute worked with UNESCO to establish the first International Jazz Day. “Madeleine understands the importance of jazz not only as an art form but as a means of bringing people together around the world,” Carter said in a telephone interview.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is ready to sit down at the drums next month when she will be honored for her "jazz diplomacy" at the Kennedy Center...Tom Carter, the Monk Institute's president, felt it was appropriate to "highlight the role of jazz as a diplomatic tool" in the same year that the institute worked with UNESCO to establish the first International Jazz Day.

The photographic exhibition honoured the services of renowned musicians and cultural diplomats who brought the richness of American experience to the people during 1350s, 60s and 70s...The exhibition was held in Karachi for the third time to let people know the history of Jazz.

Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. "This is really about the international diplomatic aspect of jazz and how it has throughout a major part of its history been a major force in bringing people of various countries and cultures together."

A photo exhibition titled ‘Jam Session: America’s Ambassadors Embrace the World' provided art and music lovers with a sense of how cultural diplomacy can work wonders in fields where politics fears to tread. The display features images of U.S. jazz musicians as musical envoys between the 1950s and the ‘70s, particularly during the Cold War.