Jam Session Co-curators:

  • Professor Penny M. Von Eschen

    Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her books include Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War, a First Runner-Up for the John Hope Franklyn Prize from the American Studies Association. This volume also received Honorable Mention from the 2005 Gustavus Myers Book Award.

  • Dr. Curtis Sandberg

    Meridian’s Vice President for the Arts, Sandberg is responsible for developing the organization’s exhibitions and for promoting its Art for Cultural Diplomacy program. He also directs the Traveling Exhibition Service that takes Meridian exhibits around the United States and the world.


Photographic restoration:

  • Tad Hershorn
    Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University
    Newark, New Jersey




Exhibition production:

  • Art design:

    Mariano Oreamuno
    Meridian International Center
    Washington, DC

  • Catalogue, poster, and CD design:

    Kent Hernandez
    Madeira Projects
    Miami, Florida

  • CD compilation producer:

    Philip “Flip” Black
    Music Sales Group
    New York

  • Frames:

    Fairfax, Virginia

  • Photography printing:

    204 Studios
    Chattanooga, Tennessee



  • Aleksandr Misunin

    Meridian International Center

  • Mariano Oreamuno

    Meridian International Center

  • Robert Nahory

    Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

  • Tad Hershorn

    Institute Jazz Studies, Rutgers University


White House letterhead: Courtesy of the Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
State Department stationery: Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Music Credits:

Louis Armstrong
* Someday You'll be Sorry [Music Sales Corp. o/b/o Louis Armstrong Music]
* When the Saints Go Marching In [Music Sales Corp. o/b/o Louis Armstrong Music]

Duke Ellington
* (A Tone Parallel To) Harlem [G. Schirmer, Inc.]
* Things Ain't What They Used To Be [Music Sales Corp./Tempo Music, Inc.]