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April 25 Willis Conover Day
The United States Congress has proclaimed April 25 Willis Conover Day to honor a Voice of America broadcaster who spread American jazz music around the world during the Cold War.
He began broadcasting in 1955, at a time when many Eastern European countries banned the musical style as dangerous and subversive. But his shows were extremely popular and an estimated 100 million people heard his broadcasts.
His programs also included interviews with jazz greats including Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday and Louis Armstrong.
He was honored this past Saturday during a concert on the National Mall in Washington.
This is a clip of another tribute concert for this man who did so much for jazz music.
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