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Winter 2011: Jazz



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


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....

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....

Archive Spotlight

Ding Dong Dollar

In 1962, Folkways Records, founded and run by Moses Asch, released a rather unlikely recording entitled “Ding Dong Dollar”...

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”.

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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