The Economist has an interesting article about the Americans using jazz for more than half a century as a "secret sonic weapon, " and more recently the Rhythm Road project.
The following paragraph from the article seemed to make a lot of sense:
"Jazz [...] is well-suited to diplomacy. It is collaborative, allowing individuals both to harmonise and play solo—much like a democracy[...]. Jazz is also a reminder of music’s power. It helped break down racial barriers, as enthusiasts of all colours gathered to listen to jazz when segregation was still the law of the land."
Any thoughts? Lessons for the UK??
(Photo credit: Bill Johnson, Greenville, MS)