• Smithsonian National Museum of American History Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC United States

The year 2017 marks the centennial of the first ever jazz recording by the “Original Dixieland Jass Band” in early 1917. It is largely thanks to changing technology and pioneering musicians that jazz music has been documented for the majority of its lifetime, providing evidence of the styles, communication, performances, and nuance of early jazz. Unlike classical music, jazz was unique in those early years as it relied heavily on the creativity and improvisation of all its performers as well as their ability to listen to each other. On February 11 in the museum’s newest concert space, the Hall of Music, the SJMO Ensemble will explore these forms of democratic conversation and freedom of expression in music through the Jazz Age.

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