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Jazz Ambassadors, The 1x56

The Jazz Ambassadors tells the little-known story of when America deployed jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman, along with their mixed-race bands, to fight on the frontlines of the Cold War, giving the Civil Rights Movement a voice on the world stage when it most needed one. Drawing on an incredible performance archive and detailed personal accounts of the tours, as well as cinematic re-constructions of crucial sequences, the film immerses viewers in this thrilling journey, accompanied by a truly swinging soundtrack.