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Enjoy the singing traditions of winter holidays with Songs to Make Winter Bright, a Soundscapes feature from Smithsonian Folkways.

Also consider supporting our nonprofit mission this holiday season by purchasing a CD or download. All orders above $50 automatically qualify for free standard shipping (U.S. only) until December 16th. Electronic Gift Certificates are also available.

Free Shipping over $50 until 12/16
JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology Pre–Order

JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology, a 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.

JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology will be in stores March 29, 2011, but you can pre-order directly from Smithsonian Folkways at a special price and package including an exclusive JAZZ poster and T-shirt.

Poster and T-Shirt

Take the Smithsonian Jazz Challenge!

Curious about the 111 songs on JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology? Before you peek at the track list, visit the popular quiz-site to see how many songs 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.

25-Song Quiz

111-Song Quiz

Finished Masks

Click here to download the mask template
Sunny Day Mask Contest Ends December 15!

December 15 is the last day to enter the Sunny Day Mask Contest. We’ve had some great entries so far and a few lucky mask artists had their picture taken with Elizabeth Mitchell at a concert.

Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower wrap up their tour in support of Sunny Day with a concert this Saturday, December 11, at 1 p.m. at the Rams Head in Annapolis, Md. Wear your masks!

Smithsonian Folkways Trivia!
Each newsletter we'll ask a trivia question; email your answer, name, and address with the subject "December Trivia" to by December 15, and a randomly selected entrant with the correct answer will win a free CD of his or her choice!

December Question: Which musician appears on six tracks of JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology, more than any other musician?

Congratulations to last month's winner, Gene, from Bethesda, Md, who correctly answered “In the speaker of an RCA Victrola” to the question: “In what musical instrument is Mary Lou Williams rumored to have traveled as a small child on a trip from Atlanta, Ga, to Pittsburgh, Pa?”
Essential Pick
Haitiana by Frantz Casseus and Barbara Perlow
Frantz Casséus and Barbara Perlow

New Releases
Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell Sunny Day
Elizabeth Mitchell
Rappahannock Blues by John Jackson Rappahannock Blues
John Jackson

Featured Videos
Video: Dewey Balfa Dewey Balfa
Video: Making of ''In the Footsteps of Babur'' Making of “In the Footsteps of Babur”
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