A lot of jazz about VOA (updated).

Posted: 25 Oct 2006   Print   Send a link
"John Birks 'Dizzy' Gillespie was already internationally famous (in) 1956, primarily due to his exposure on Voice of America. In 1955, VOA launched its "Jazz Hour," hosted by Willis Conover, which quickly grew into the station's most popular [sic] program, enjoyed by tens of millions of listeners in eighty countries, six nights a week." USC Center on Public Diplomacy, 15 October 2006. "Asha Puthli was born and raised in Bombay. With a strong grounding in Indian classical music, she stepped forward to European opera. She learnt about Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole from 'Voice of America' and about Dusty Springfield and Cliff Richard from Radio Ceylon." The Hindu, 15 October 2006. The John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk "partnership was caught on one amazing live recording by the Voice of America, found recently in the Library of Congress. ... And it is a hoot." Philadelphia Inquirer, 8 October 2006. Television series "Jazz Alley has signed up with Voice of America - a development that means the program is to be broadcast to some 70 countries." Rocky Mountain News, 13 October 2006. Update: "Like most Eastern Europeans of his generation, (trumpeter Tomasz) Stanko encountered jazz through Voice of America broadcasts and State Department tours; the music registered as a soundtrack of freedom partly because it was packaged that way by the United States government." New York Times, 25 October 2006. See previous post about VOA jazz alumnae.