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An Introduction to Jazz from Curator of American Music John Hasse [Interview Video]
Watch a video introduction to jazz, narrated by John Hasse, curator of American music for the National Museum of American History. Hasse discusses the socio-cultural factors that existed in New Orleans in the early 19th century that provided the setting for jazz to flourish. He stresses the importance that jazz has historically placed on each musician finding their own individual sound. To learn more, visit to explore the Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Education Website and see which 111 songs were selected for 'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology.' Order the 6-CD box set on Smithsonian Folkways: 'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology,' a 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. The great American musical invention of the 20th century, jazz is an ever-youthful, still evolving music of beauty, sensitivity, and brilliance that has produced (and been produced by) an extraordinary progression of talented artists. With 111 tracks that showcase artists at their best and most influential, this remarkable anthology updates and expands the milestone 'Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz' of 1973, once again offering a wellspring resource for educators, students, musicians, beginners, and aficionados. Scores of leading jazz scholars, performers, and writers collaborated in selecting the recordings and producing the incisive annotations. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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