Dave and Iola Brubeck created The Real Ambassadors in the late 1950s. The jazz musical pointed out the absurdity of segregation and makes the case that artists such as Louis Armstrong are the best and "real" ambassadors to demonstrate a nation's ideals. It was recorded in 1961 and performed live only once. Despite their efforts, the play never made it to stage. Here is a collection of audio files that document the creation of The Real Ambassadors.
Submissions from 2012
Submissions from 1961
Audio letter from Iola Brubeck explaining and Dave Brubeck singing "They Say I Look Like God" to Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck and Iola Brubeck
Audio letter from Iola Brubeck explaining Coronation scene to Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck and Iola Brubeck
Dave Brubeck and Carmen McRae singing "You Swing Baby", Dave Brubeck and Carmen McRae
Mike Lawless interviews Iola Brubeck about The Real Ambassadors, Iola Brubeck and Mike Lawless