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London-based Time Magazine journalist Billy Perrigo tracked me down in Soho while we were mixing the film, and interviewed me for his excellent article about Dave Brubeck’s role as a Jazz Ambassador to Poland, and his subsequent collaboration with Louis Armstrong on “The Real Ambassadors” jazz opera, that debuted at Monterey Jazz Festival in 1962. The article came out in December 2017, and is a terrific read: /
Polish sax powerhouse Sylwester Ostrowski organized an unforgettable evening in the beautiful Radio Szczecin concert hall on Feb 5th. In addition to a rousing performance by the Wynton Marsalis Orchestra, Darius Brubeck performed a very moving tribute to his father Dave Brubeck’s tour of Poland 60 years earlier in 1958. He ended his set with an emotional rendition of “Dziekuje”, written by Dave during his tour, to thank Polish audiences for their generosity.
An interview with journalist Michael Janssen in 2014, for the Public Media magazine Current. We had just applied for a NEH grant, and were holding our breath to find out whether we would get funded or not.