the 1994 re-issue of The Real Ambassadors” CD, Dave and Iola called
upon a new generation to take up the cause of civil rights for all Americans.
But will they?
You bet they will!!!!
The kids have performed selections from the show in such prestigious venues as the White House in 1997, then with Dave Brubeck and his sons Chris and Dan in 2001.
In April, 2003, The Real Ambassadors jazz choir won the Monterey Jazz Festival competition. As a result they were invited to perform the following September at the world renown Monterey Jazz festival. With Jon Hendricks, from the original 1962 Monterey cast “sitting in”, they knocked the audience cold.
Dave & Iola Brubeck Say:
“In a sea
of over polished, over dressed “cookie cutter” swing choirs,
“The Real Ambassadors” from the Greater Hartford Academy of
the Arts, stand out as refreshingly “real”, poised to become
the next generation of jazz musicians.