Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Isfahan Blues - American Jazz meets 1960's Iran

In 1963, Duke Ellington made a famous tour and on that stop was Iran. He played jazz clubs in Tehran and Isfahan, and later produced his album Isfahan Blues.

At that same time, Vida Ghahremani, was living in Tehran. She was a film star there, and decided to open the country's first dance club. Jazz was big in Iran then. Vida Ghahremani is now in California. Her daughter Torange Yaghiazarian is a playwright and executive director of Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisco.

Movie star mom and playwright daughter teamed up to tell this story about the jazz scene in 1960's Iran.