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Mr. Smith Goes to Bucharest: Fulbright Scholar's Return Energizes Romanian Jazz Musicians

Read "Mr. Smith Goes to Bucharest:  Fulbright Scholar's Return Energizes Romanian Jazz Musicians" reviewed by Jason West

When I first spoke to Tom Smith, during the summer of 2002, I considered him a curiosity. Professor Smith--a trombonist and Director of Instrumental Music at Pfeiffer University, near Charlotte, North Carolina - had accepted the position of Senior Fulbright Professor of Music at the Romanian National University, a six-month teaching gig in Bucharest. Armed with only a cursory knowledge of the Romanian language, Smith (along with his wife and teenage son) planned to venture into a virtual jazz wasteland, ...