The American Godfather of Polish Jazz

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute—the cultural diplomacy arm of the Polish government—regularly posts interesting articles and artist profiles on its website, Recently, an interesting article entitled “Willis Conover: The American Godfather of Polish Jazz” about the influential American radio host was published.

Below is an excerpt:

“Willis Conover, host of the Voice of America’s ‘Jazz Hour’ radio show, raised the most important generation of Polish jazz musicians – and then introduced them to the world…. From January 1955, through transmitters located in Munich and Tangier, he smuggled jazz behind the Iron Curtain on a daily basis. For a whole generation of music aficionados and future musicians living there, he was more than an entertainer. He was a teacher – a true apostle of jazz.”

Read the full article at

[Source: press release]