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Keywords: jazz ambassadors (ALL of these words -- matching substrings)

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RA-259260-18Research Programs: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsNational Humanities CenterLong-term Research Fellowships at the National Humanities Center1/1/2019 - 6/30/2022$301,454.00RobertD.Newman   National Humanities CenterResearch Triangle ParkNC27709-0152USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralFellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsResearch Programs2054549600020545496000

30 months of stipend support (3-5 fellowships) per year for three years and a contribution to defray costs associated with the selection of fellows.

The National Humanities Center, an independent center exclusively devoted to advanced humanities research, seeks five nine-month fellowships for the next three-year cycle (grant period Jan. 1, 2019-June 30, 2022). Since 1978, NEH has generously supported five NHC fellowships during each granting cycle, excepting the last cycle when it supported three. Designated “NEH Fellows,” recipients of these awards are chosen through a rigorous vetting process and join a vibrant intellectual community of 35-40 total Fellows. Each works on a major research project throughout the academic year with significant support from our library staff and fellowship office. End-of-year evaluations from the roughly 1,400 Fellows who have been in residence generally describe their year at the NHC as the most inspiring and productive of their careers. The NHC focuses attention to diversity in all of its dimensions so that Fellows represent a broad range of disciplines, institutions, backgrounds and perspectives.

TR-228506-15Public Programs: Media Projects ProductionWNETThe Jazz Ambassadors4/1/2015 - 6/30/2018$500,000.00Stephen Segaller   WNETNew YorkNY10019-7416USA2015U.S. HistoryMedia Projects ProductionPublic Programs50000005000000

Production of a two-hour documentary film and website on the influence of the Voice of America’s “Music USA Jazz” radio program and the State Department’s jazz tours during the Cold War.

This is a request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a production grant to support a significant multi-platform project called "The Jazz Ambassadors" that explores the nexus of the Cold War, jazz music, and the civil rights movement and seeks to illuminate the influence jazz, the civil rights movement, and the Cold War had on one another. Inspired in part by Penny M. Von Eschen's 2004 book "Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War" and a subsequent traveling photography exhibition of the concert tours titled "Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World," the proposed project aims to extend Ms. Von Eschen's scholarship, shedding additional light on the impact of the tours for a larger audience through original primary research and the unearthing of a little-known international film archive on this important subject.

TR-230714-15Public Programs: Media Projects ProductionNew York Foundation for the Arts, Inc.Hank Jones: Last Man Playing8/1/2015 - 12/31/2018$389,900.00RobertS.Levi   New York Foundation for the Arts, Inc.BrooklynNY11201-8301USA2015Film History and CriticismMedia Projects ProductionPublic Programs38990003899000

Production of a film chronicling the social and cultural impact of jazz composer Hank Jones.

This request is a Production funding request for Hank Jones: Last Man Playing, a sixty-minute, high definition broadcast documentary program about the life and work of the celebrated African-American composer, arranger, and pianist Hank Jones. For almost seventy years as an icon and founding father of several seminal movements in music, Hank Jones' prolific output still defines the essence of mainstream and classic jazz, placing him among the most sought after and recorded pianists, composers, and cultural ambassadors in American musical history. This proposal seeks $494,950 in Production and finishing funding to support the filming of additional interviews, continued script preparation and refinement, ongoing consultations with Humanities scholars, additional archival research, and final editing, post-production expenses needed to bring the film to life.