Jazz is often said to be a tool for international education, peace and conflict resolution. How does this work in practice? Our panelists have all been closely involved in international efforts to use jazz toward these ends. What works? What doesn’t? Should such programs be expanded?
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Simon Rowe isexecutive director of the Dave Brubeck Institute, University of the Pacific, Stockton CA. The Brubeck Institute strives to continue Dave Brubeck’s work as an international ambassador, by building understanding across cultures. Last year, the Institute celebrated the first ever Dave Brubeck Forum at the United Nations presenting the program “Jazz:A Language for Peace”. This year, it partnered with the initiative for Russian Culture and The Open World Leadership Center to present a program in Washington DC on Russian/American jazz diplomacy.Next year it is expanding its summer Jazz Colony to an international format, welcoming students from Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia.Dr. Rowe is a distinguished educator, entrepreneur, and jazz artist. As Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute since 2011, Rowe has grown the annual Brubeck Festival into a city-wide event, created an innovative jazz club through a private/public partnership and is developing local, national and international coalitions to forward the mission of the Brubeck Institute.
Danilo Perez pianistand artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Danilo Perez serves as UNESCO Artist For Peace and and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival. In previous years, he served as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF and Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama. He says music teaches students “to harmonize life,” traversing otherwise impenetrable borders. The Global Jazz Institute combines academics and real-life experiences “to prepare students to be great human beings as well as great artists.”
Jamie Baum NYC jazz flutist/composer, has toured 28 countries, as a Department of State/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador from 1999 to 2003 and later sponsored by the US State Department in South America (1999), Europe and to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand and Bengladesh in 2002, returning to the region in 2009. Her latest recording, In This Life, comprises compositions inspired by her latter travels in India and Kathmandu, and especially the music of Pakistani qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Her work has been supported by organizations including the NEA, The International Jazz Composers Alliance, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America and the American Music Center. Her several projects include her Septet, Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project, and the Richie Beirach-Jamie Baum Duo.