Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. That is why next month, PBS Distribution is bringing audiences what is one of so many important stories from America’s Civil Rights movement.
The Jazz Ambassadors is currently scheduled to be released on DVD on June 19. The story centers on the so-called “Jazz Ambassadors” — jazz greats Dizzie Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington Benny Goodman and Dave Brubeck — as the group worked with the United States government to fight the Soviet Union’s propaganda war while at the same time facing the reality of Jim Crowe laws in America.
The Jazz Ambassadors is told through archival film footage, photos, radio clips, and performance clips from the musicians and their integrated bands. The story overall shows how the Jazz Ambassadors’ work ultimately played a key role in the Civil Rights movement at a critical moment while also serving its other purpose in foreign affairs at the same time. A trailer for the program is streaming online now here.
The Jazz Ambassadors will retail for $24.99, but can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on The Jazz Ambassadors and other PBS programs is available online now at:
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