Programs

  • American Corner Debrecen and the U.S. Embassy in Budapest cordially invite you to a presentation on "Time for Jazz..." - Willis Conover and Jazz Culture behind the Iron Curtain with Maristella Feustle, Music Special Collections Librarian at the University of North Texas and Chair of the Music Library Association Preservation Committee, jazz guitarist.

    Guest speaker: Maristella Feustle, Music Special Collections Librarian at the University of North Texas

    Willis Conover was the emblematic radio host of Voice of America’s Jazz Hour for over 40 years. Willis Conover introduced jazz to audiences around the world. The U.S. Embassy Budapest has invited Ms. Maristella Feustle, a digital music archivist from the University of North Texas and expert on Mr. Conover's legacy, to give a presentation on exploring jazz as the "secret weapon"
    of American diplomacy and Mr. Conover's support of the jazz community behind the Iron Curtain, including his special fondness for Hungary and Hungarian jazz. Moreover, Willis Conover had strong ties to Debrecen, since in the '70s he visited Debrecen Jazz Festival several times and in his interview recorded in Debrecen and broadcast on Voice of America's Jazz Hour he spoke of Hungarian jazz musicians in high terms.

    Admission is free, but please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/oIawjnDP4stS96wM2