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Apr 2019 Jazz Appreciation Mo poster

April Jazz Appreciation Month: Jazz Beyond Borders

The Smithsonian Museum of American History created this celebration in 2001 to recognize the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. As we celebrate the only truly American musical art form, this month we focus on the power of music to unite people.

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Hazel Scott

Unsung Women of Jazz – Hazel Scott

I must admit, it did my jazzy little heart good to hear Alicia Keys give a shout out to Hazel Scott during her impressive dual piano stint on the 61st Grammy Awards.

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Dupree Bolton

Obscure Trumpet Masters – Dupree Bolton

“If things had worked out right for [Dupree] he could have been one of the most important trumpet players of our time.”

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Mary Osborne

Unsung Women of Jazz – Mary Osborne

“The only electric guitar I knew of was the Hawaiian guitar, I’d listen to all the jazz guitarists of the time, but they all played acoustic.”

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Dorothy Ashby

Unsung Women of Jazz – Dorothy Ashby

“The harp has a clean jazz voice with a resonance and syncopation that turn familiar jazz phrasing inside out.”

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