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.

See more of the Real Ambassadors collection by clicking here.

Click here to view the Finding Aid of the Brubeck Collection at the Online Archive of California (OAC)

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Submissions from 2012

2012 re-creation of The Real Ambassadors performance with narration by Iola Brubeck and University of the Pacific Conservatory students, Iola Brubeck

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