Photo Album

With Billie Holiday at the Lyttleton Club, London

Yolande was interviewed for two BBC documentaries 
about the late "Lady Day':
Reputations: Billie Holiday, Sensational Lady (2001), Directed by David Turnbull
The Night of Lady Day (1988), Directed by John Jeremy

Poster for Jazz Yatra 1982, Mumbai, India

With Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross at the ASCAP Jazz Hall of Fame, June 16, 2009
Lincoln Center, New York

With pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, performing for the United Nations Diplomatic Corps to celebrate Sri Lanka Independence Day, February 2010, The Asia Society, New York.

Performing in The Real Ambassadors at Jazz at Lincoln Center, April 11 & 12, 2014. 


The Real Ambassadors rehearsal, St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, September 1962
Back Row: Howard Brubeck, Danny Barcelona, Eugene Wright, Joe Morello, Irving Manning, David Lambert, Yolande Bavan, Jon Hendricks and Iola Brubeck
Front Row: Trummy Young, Carmen McRae, Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck

Jazz history was made in September 1962 when Dave and Iola Brubeck's ambitious jazz opera The Real Ambassadors, received its only performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival.  The piece address the issues of segregation with candor, wit and jazz hipness, just days before the nation was shocked by the violence in Mississippi that resulted in attempts to integrate its university. Written as a vehicle for the inimitable Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, The Real Ambassadors afforded Armstrong the perfect opportunity to lend his voice and horn to the cause of equal rights. (Text from Monterey Jazz Festival website)

On September 22, 2012, at Monterey, Yolande Bavan, Ricky Riccardi (Louis Armstrong House Museum) and Keith Hatschek (Brubeck Institute) led a panel discussion to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary event, moderated by jazz historian and author, Bill Minor.  (click on link below)

Previously, at the 2012 Brubeck Festival in Stockton, California, Yolande Bavan, Ricky Riccardi and Keith Hatschek also participated in a panel discussion entited "Blow Your Horn & Set Man Free" -- Jazz as Social Criticism in The Real Ambassadors.

with Ricky Riccardi and Keith Hatschek, Brubeck Festival 2012

On April 11 and 12, 2014, Yolande Bavan performed the role of the narrator in the first ever New York staging of The Real Ambassadors at Jazz at Lincoln Center.