JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology, the new 111-track, 6-CD, 200-page compendium of the great American musical invention, traces the turning points of this 20th-century tale through its legendary innovators and notable styles. The great American musical invention of the 20th century, jazz is an ever-youthful, still evolving music of beauty, sensitivity, and brilliance that has produced (and been produced by) an extraordinary progression of talented artists.
With 111 tracks that showcase artists at their best and most influential, this remarkable anthology updates and expands the milestone Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz of 1973, once again offering a wellspring resource for educators, students, musicians, beginners, and aficionados. Scores of leading jazz scholars, performers, and writers collaborated in selecting the recordings and producing the incisive annotations.
The accompanying book also features an informative background essay as well as suggestions for listeners on appreciating the full richness of the performances. If ever there were a “jazz appreciation course in a box,” this is it. JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology renews the legacy of Folkways Records founder Moses Asch’s commitment to letting the “people’s music” be heard and fulfills the educational mission of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the United States national museum.
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Designed by Fritz Klaetke (Visual Dialogue), art director for JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology, this unframed, 16” x 20” poster is printed on high-quality paper with matte finish.
This unisex t-shirt, also designed by Visual Dialogue, is printed on 100% ring-spun, preshrunk cotton. Click here for a sizing chart.
Take the Smithsonian Jazz Challenge!
Visit the popular quiz-site Sporcle.com to see how many songs from JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology you can recognize. There is a 25-song version and the full 111- song ultimate challenge. Post your scores to the Smithsonian Folkways Facebook page.
JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology is currently available in physical format. Digital downloads are not available.
The liner notes for this release are not available for download. Please click here to read the introductory essay on jazz from the liner notes.
JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology is a Smithsonian Folkways production with financial assistance by:
Executive Selection Committee: David Baker, Jose Bowen, John Edward Hasse, Dan Morgenstern and Alyn Shipton
Produced by Richard James Burgess, John Edward Hasse and Daniel Sheehy
Executive Producers: Daniel Sheehy, Richard James Burgess and Atesh Sonneborn
Mastering Engineer: Pete Reiniger
AWARDS2011 Independent Music Award for Best Compilation2011 Independent Music Award for Best Swag (JAZZ T-Shirt)
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