In this hour, it’s stories and sounds from jazz’s history overseas. We’ll talk with Israeli saxophonist Anat Cohen about why Israel is becoming a hotbed for new jazz talent, and take a look at the nearly hundred-year-old history of jazz in Japan. And we’ll hear the story of how the U.S. State Department tried to use jazz as a weapon in the Cold War, and explore Europe’s version of the 1920s Jazz Age. (59:00)
Photo: Israeli rising stars (and siblings) Anat, Yuval and Avishai Cohen.
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