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The Real Ambassadors Oral History Project

Where were you in '62?

Dave and Iola Brubeck's The Real Ambassadors pointed out the absurdity of segregation and made the case that artists such as Louis Armstrong are the best and "real" ambassadors to demonstrate a nation's ideals. The jazz musical was recorded in 1961 and performed live only once - at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1962. Listen to a re-creation of The Real AmbassadorsSee an online archives of The Real Ambassadors material in the Brubeck Collection.

Sadly, no audio or video recording was made that evening. 

As part of the efforts by the Brubeck Institute to document the history of Dave and Iola Brubeck's jazz musical a team of student historians will be at the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21-23, 2012, to interview and record the recollections of Festival patrons that witnessed the historic September 23, 1962 performance of the musical at Monterey. 

If you unable to attend the Festival in 2012 and still have a  Real Ambassador's story, please send your recollections to Keith Hatschek.