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Fifty years ago Dave Brubeck took an amazing diplomatic journey. He toured Europe and the Middle East with his quartet and went behind the iron curtain.
This story is one of many Dave Brubeck told me onstage at this year's Litchfield Jazz Festival. I was asked to interview Brubeck and Paquito D'Rivera onstage at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, as part of an NEA Jazz Masters' program. I'd be asking questions collected from festival-goers, and young jazz artists who were attending the festival's Jazz Camp.
The afternoon had been interrupted by a nasty thunderstorm. But the crowds were still huge and they started to gather around the second-stage tent when Dave Brubeck rolled up in a golf cart
For about a half hour, I got to sit onstage with these two musical giants. One, America's great jazz ambassador, and the other an ambassador from Cuba, who brought his music with him to the US when he fled Castro's island, but left everything else, including his family behind.
Today, where we live, we'll listen to that conversation, interspersed with some of the music the two artists performed at the festival.
Photos courtesy The Litchfield County Times/Erin FitzPatrick
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