Cold War Jazz At The Coral Springs Museum Of Art, FL

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Cold War Jazz is a music project sponsored by the Coral Springs Museum of Art and a grant from the Chautauqua Institution. On January 5, 2013, at 3PM the Coral Springs Museum of Art csmart.org will host the International Jazz Ensemble to play music, discuss the issues and display artwork of Cold War era by jazz musicians from Poland and Hungary.

The jazz movement in Eastern Europe is believed to have contributed to the fall of Communism and the increased popularity of jazz around the world. After the Second World War and the Communist takeover of Eastern Europe, jazz was considered an art form of imperialism and forbidden in official media.

Musicians learned about jazz by listening to the American shortwave radio broadcasts or smuggling jazz records from abroad. Jazz became a symbol of resistance against the censorship and yearning for freedom of an unrestricted artistic expression.


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