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Poland: San Francisco Chronicle, "'Mr. Coolu' Got a Warm Polish Reception"

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Gleason, Ralph J


Mr. Coolu' Got a Warm Polish Reception. By Ralph J. Gleason "We should send more jazz groups to Poland, the Poles consider jazz an art; it means the free expression of the individual to them," said Iola Brubeck, wife of pianist Dave Brubeck. Mrs. Brubeck returned last week from Europe where she accompanied her husband and his quartet on an extended tour. The high light of their tour was a two week series of concerts in Poland, sponsored by the State Department and the American National Theater Association. The Brubeck Quartet was the first small jazz group ever to visit Poland (Ray McKinley's large orchestra went there two years ago) and the first racially mixed group ever to appear in that country. During the two weeks from March 6 to March 19, that the Brubeck group was in Poland, the quartet played concerts in small auditoriums on all but two nights, were feted by Polish jazz fans, acquired a small entourage of young jazz buffs who followed them from city to city and met many citizens of Poland who were avid jazz fans. Brubeck's group was the first in-person experience the Poles have had with the so-called "cool" or "progressive" jazz style and they called Brubeck "Mr. Coolu." "Jazz is a symbol of freedom to the Poles," said Darius Brubeck, one of the two Brubeck sons who went along on the trip. "Willis Connover who does the Voice of America jazz broadcasts is listened to all over Poland," Mrs. Brubeck...
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