Soft Power & Hot Jazz: Cultural Diplomacy Then & Now

In collaboration with Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World, Meridian held 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. Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck attended and offered insights from his tours — the first of which took place fifty years ago. After the discussions, renowned Polish jazz group the Jagodzinski Trio and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet from the University of the Pacific in California performed Brubeck compositions.