The Jazz Ambassadors

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Louis Armstrong: America’s Cultural Ambassador

Willis Conover’s popular Voice of America radio show gave American jazz a worldwide stage, and Louis Armstrong, its brightest star, was ready for the spotlight. A front-page story in The New York Times claimed America’s best Cold War weapon was “a blue note in a minor key,” and that Armstrong was its best ambassador.

AIRED: May 04, 2018 | 0:02:30
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