Working with the enthusiastic approval of Dave and Iola Brubeck, Mower has become "The Real Ambassadors" most ardent ambassador laboring to get it back up on the cultural radar screen.

Initially, Mower began her crusade by using the show’s music and lyrics as a teaching tool for her young jazz choral students at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.

Mower’s hip choristers have even caught the ear of Jon Hendricks, the sultan of scat and guru of grand bopera.

Even after all these years, "The Real Ambassadors," which Armstrong called a "jazz opera," has never had a full-scale theatrical production.

Her long-term dream, she says, is to find "angels" (financial backers) who will provide funding to get "The Real Ambassadors" on Broadway.

From Ambassador for a musical
By OWEN McNALLY