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Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month – Washington DC

Exploring Jazz in the Nation's Capital


Courtesy of NMAH

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. The Smithsonian Institution has a long record of leadership in preserving and promoting the history of jazz and celebrates the month with special talks, workshops, concerts and more. Here is the schedule of events in Washington DC.

Webcast: Jazz Appreciation Month Launch
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 11 a.m. National Museum of American History 
This webcast kicks off the 13th annual Jazz Appreciation Month with jazz photographer Chuck Stewart who will donate rare and never-before-seen images of jazz legend John Coltrane. Coltrane’s son, Ravi Coltrane, will discuss his father’s career and the famed studio album, A Love Supreme, celebrating its 50th anniversary. In addition, there will be a performance by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Quartet.
Workshop: Jazz Education
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:30 p.m. National Museum of American History 
Ravi Coltrane and “Kids for Coltrane” educator Christine Passarella will host a jazz workshop for music educators, students and the public.
Performance: The Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium; George Washington University
Free tickets required: RSVP at NMAH
The Ravi Coltrane Quartet presents an evening of jazz honoring John Coltrane and the 50th  anniversary of A Love Supreme. Co-produced with the GWU Music Department, this performance marks the launch of the 13th annual Jazz Appreciation Month. The event includes additional performances by GWU Jazz Combos under the direction of Peter Fraize and Herman Burney. Guests with tickets will receive first access to the venue until capacity is reached.
Workshop and Performance: Latin Jazz
Friday, April 4, 2014; workshop at 1:30 p.m. and concert at 6 p.m.
National Museum of American History. Reservations Recommended: RSVP to SLCEvents@si.edu           
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with Latin jazz legend Bobby Sanabría & Quarteto Aché. In the workshop, musicians of all ages participate in a moderated conversation with Sanabría and an interactive music demonstration with his band. Then, attend a special Latin jazz concert with Bobby Sanabría & Quarteto Aché dedicated to trailblazing curator Marvette Pérez (1961-2013), who laid a foundation for scholarship, collecting and exhibition around Latin jazz and Latin music at the Smithsonian. Seating is first come, first served.
Performance: Jazz in Flag Hall
Every Friday in April 2014; performances at 3 and 4 p.m.
National Museum of American History  
Visitors will be able to hear Flag Hall filled with the lively sounds of jazz music. The U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note will perform April 4 and 25. Members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform April 11 and 18.
Performance: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: Forms of the Blues
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m. National Museum of Natural History
Tickets Required: $25, visit http://smithsonianassociates.org
This concert marks the 100 years since the publication of Handy’s “St. Louis Blues,” and features large and combo ensembles, focusing on the evolution of the blues from the early 20th century to its present-day “jazz ensemble” styling.
Performance: Blues and Jazz Piano                       
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12 – 12:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum
Curator and Ellington biographer, John Edward Hasse plays a program of blues and jazz piano in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Panel Discussion: Jazz Diplomacy
Thursday, April 24, 2014,  7:30 p.m. National Archives
This panel discussion, moderated by  John Edward Hasse, author, curator, biographer of Duke Ellington and founder of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, will explore how the U.S. government used jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War. The panel includes David Ensor and Eric Felton of Voice of America, historian and author Peggy M. Von Eschen and Ambassador David Killion from the U.S. Dept. of State and UNESCO. Visitors will also be able to see John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” manuscript, on display in the “American Stories” exhibition.

For more information, visit http://smithsonianjazz.org.

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