Jazz as an instrument of global diplomacy 🎺

From 1954 to 1968, the United States sent jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington overseas to help stem the tide of communism. Writes the New York Times: Jazz was the country’s “Secret Sonic Weapon” (as a 1955 headline in The New York Times put it) in another sense as well. The novelist Ralph […]

Newsletter 64: Radiohead, Chinese Jazz, Being an Outsider, Keeping a ‘Spark File’, and More

Arts & Culture Twenty five years in Chinese jazz Jazz is about improvisation, changing to be in constant motion. It can’t be reversed, much like a Chinese calligrapher must continue to draw one continuous line without stopping. But Jazz is also a Western product, something that only the Chinese intelligentsia admit to appreciating. Some Chinese […]