Smithsonian Institution
Winter 2011: Jazz



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The online, multimedia magazine of Smithsonian Folkways
Mary Lou Williams: Jazz for the Soul
Cover Story

Jazz

By John Edward Hasse and
Bob Blumenthal

The challenge of talking about any music is compounded when the subject is jazz, a word of clouded origins whose meaning reflects an evolution of astounding rapidity and imposing diversity. The meaning of the word, like the music it represents, has evolved over time, a condition unlikely to change as we enter jazz’s second century....
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Ella Jenkins
Artist Spotlight

Ella Jenkins

The legacy of Ella Jenkins is a musical one. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1924, she spent her childhood on the south side of Chicago....
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Archive Spotlight

Ding Dong Dollar

In 1962, Folkways Records, founded and run by Moses Asch, released a rather unlikely recording entitled “Ding Dong Dollar”...
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Singing for Justice: Following the musical journey of &lquo;This Little Light of Mine&rquo;
Tools for Teaching

Lesson Plan: Singing for Justice

Following the musical journey of “This Little Light of Mine”.
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Video Spotlight Click to watch video

Rufus Thomas performs and talks about his life with longtime friend Joe Mulherin. Recorded at the 1997 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.
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