Willis Conover PDF download by Terence M Ripmaster

Willis Conover

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Publication date: February 2007
ISBN: 9780595851065
Digital Book format: PDF (DRM-Free)
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Willis Clark Conover Jr. was born on December 18, 1920. Known around the world for his Voice of America radio programs, he also traveled the world as a jazz ambassador. Willis Conover: Broadcasting Jazz To The World recounts the story of his talented life.

In America, Conover helped break down racial barriers related to jazz, participating in the famous Newport Jazz Festivals as well as serving on the National Endowment for the Arts to gain funding for jazz events. As a personal friend of Duke Ellington and many other jazz greats, Conover promoted their music over radio stations and at White House jazz concerts. His tenure at Voice of America lasted from 1955 until his death in 1996. Unfortunately, because of Congressional restrictions, his programs were not heard in the United States. The Voice of America, an arm of the Office of War Information, was a federal agency banned from broadcasting in America.

Many of the world's best jazz musicians credit Conover with helping them learn more about jazz. This biography details his professional accomplishments in the world of jazz, including the profound impact he had on the Soviet Union and Eastern European Communist nations.

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This man broke Ellington on the live stage. Here is a history chronicling his power in the jazz promotion department, along with his related and unrelated experience and attributes. American, with Polish heritage, Conover worked an angle of jazz for which by default, initially, he wouldn’t have received wide acknowledgement for, being as he was behind the scenes. But in his later years he gained the Medal of Freedom and the magazine Down Beat’s Lifetime Achievement music award, both after receiving an honorary doctorate at Berklee. Posthumously he was granted the Order of Merit from the Polish Minister of Culture. Terence M Ripmaster biography owes much to his worldwide contributors (which came out of his ingenuity in advertising the prospect of his writing the book), but this does not detract from the accomplished feel to the book.
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