In 1990, the U.S. Congress, recognizing the importance of jazz in American culture, authorized the establishment of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra as the orchestra-in-residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Whether a 17-member big band, quartet, septet, or small group, the Jazz Orchestra presents concerts featuring transcribed works, new arrangements, commissioned works and programs that illuminate the work of jazz masters who contributed to the development of American jazz and defined the music’s character. Hear from the Orchestra’s producer (and drummer) about the role of jazz at the Smithsonian and the work of the Orchestra in sharing the importance of this art form worldwide.
Presented by Kennith R. Kimery, Executive Producer, Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Supervisory Producer, American Music History Initiatives
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.
Part of Smithsonian Week supported by the MassMutual Foundation.
Photo courtesy of The Daytona Beach News-Journal