Saturday, October 27, 2007

Voices of Freedom: A Celebration of VOA Jazz and Willis Conover

On Monday, September 17, the Voice of America (VOA) and the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival (DEJF) hosted a concert in memory of VOA jazz host Willis Conover and in observance of the 50th anniversary of Dizzy Gillespie's first State Department-sponsored trip.  Conover influenced a generation of musicians around the world, including Cuban-born jazz great Paquito D'Rivera.  At this concert, D'Rivera lead a quintet made up of another Cuban-born musician and three players from former Soviet Bloc countries -- Milcho Leviev on piano (Bulgaria), George Mraz on bass (Czech Republic), Valery Ponomarev on trumpet (Russia), and Horacio Hernandez on drums (Cuba).

Courtesy Voice of America. It was a tough job creating this video...especially since bandwidth in India is poor. The editing isn't perfect and there's a long lull at the end of the presentation.

2 comments:

stefan said...

Il ascultam pe Willis Conover in emisiunea sa Jazz Hours in fiecare seara de la ora 22,15 (ora Romaniei)in anii 1970-1974. Era o voce grava, prezenta pe scurt un disc, un muzician sau o piesa, si apoi urma piesa respectiva. Cred ca eram printre milioanele de tineri ascultatori din Europa de Est care stateam cu urechea la radio sa-l ascultam in noapte.
stefan

Deepanjan said...

Conover had an indelible influence on many lives all over the world.