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Some big name American Jazz artists are choosing to live and perform abroad

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Archie Shepp with his band at Phat Jam in Milan, Italy.

In the 1940s and ‘50s and 60’s, several Black American jazz players made the decision to move abroad. There they were treated differently there — with a deeper, more personal degree of respect — and were able to enjoy social and romantic freedoms denied them by the inherent racism back home.

Today, the reasons to move abroad remain strong and compelling.

WBGO’s Nate Chinen spoke with author, journalist, concert producer and educator Ashley Kahn about his coverage of “The New Jazz Emigres".

You can read Ashley Kahn's "The New Jazz Emigres" story here.

Doug Doyle has been News Director at WBGO since 1998 and has taken his department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.