LAHORE – “Jam Session; America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World,” an exhibition of photographs and documents of world’s tours of American jazz legends was kicked off at Nairang Art Gallery here on Tuesday.
US Counsel General Lahore Nina Fite inaugurated the exhibition, having an exceptional collection of photographs and documents, drawn from important archives from around the US, chronicles the tours of American jazz legends as they travelled the globe on behalf of the US Department of State.
From the mid 1950’s through the 1970’s, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and others served as cultural diplomats, transcending national boundaries, and sharing American jazz with many countries including Pakistan. The exhibition will be on display till May 29.
On the occasion of inaugural ceremony, the US Consul said, “Although its origins are in the Unites States, jazz has become an international art form, performed and enjoyed across cultures, languages, and musical traditions.”
Fite said jazz held the continuing promise of bridging gaps between people, elevating the shared aspirations, and providing a common platform for many and varied cultural traditions.
The Jam Session exhibition includes 55 frames containing images and documents of musicians visiting 30 countries in four continents each of which provides a unique insight into this diplomatic initiative.
On the occasion, Public Affairs Officer Brinille Ellies, Narigng Gallery owner Nayyar Ali Dada, Saeed Akhtar and Masood Hasan beside a large number of visitors were also present.