Jonathan Russell Receives Embassy Award for Music Diplomacy

Twelve-year-old jazz violinist Jonathan Russell, currently on tour in Hungary with the Bohem Ragtime Jazz Band, has received a special award from the U.S. Embassy for his role as a cultural ambassador. In its official press release, the Embassy notes, “Regardless of language barriers, jazz is one art form that speaks to both Hungarians and Americans, drawing them together in music appreciation and performance, and strengthening the bonds of friendship between our two countries."

Jonathan began his seven city tour of Hungary in the southern town of Baja and will perform in his final concert on Friday April 4th in Biatorbagy near Budapest. The centerpiece of the tour were performances in Kecskemet as part of the 17th International Bohem Ragtime & Jazz Festival.

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