American Routes explores the shared and individual musical threads that contribute to the great diversity of American culture, from blues to Cajun, Tejano to jazz, country to soul and all the stops in between.

Rockin' Behind the Iron Curtain: To Russia With Love

During the Cold War, the U.S. State Department started sending jazz musicians overseas with the tactical aim of using their hot licks to thaw relations with Eastern Bloc countries. Jazz great Dave Brubeck recalls how Louis Armstrong, a.k.a. "Ambassador Satch," won international hearts and minds with his trumpet. Band member Arvell Shaw saw Armstrong literally… read more

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