Smithsonian Folkways Launches Interactive Jazz Hub Site

Smithsonian Folkways Launches Interactive Jazz Hub Site


On April 14th, Smithsonian Folkways launches the Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Education Website, an interactive destination equipped with a variety of tools for learning and teaching jazz music, history, and appreciation. The launch coincides with the release of the landmark JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology 6-CD, 111-track box set that comes with a 200-page book, available now on Smithsonian Folkways.

The Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Education Website features the following:

· Interactive Music Mixer: a five-piece combo performing three songs ("Bill Bailey", "St. Louis Blues", "When the Saints Go Marching In") in a variety of styles: New Orleans, Swing, Latin and Bebop. Visitors can use the virtual mixer to isolate instruments (piano, drums, bass, saxophone, and trumpet) and hear how they combine to create the unique and beloved sound of jazz.
· History of Jazz Timeline: Takes visitors on a multi-media tour through different eras and leading performers, from 1900 through the current era.
· Interactive Map: highlights contributions to jazz from eleven locations around the world: Chicago, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York, Brazil, Cuba, France, Japan, Poland, South Africa, and Vietnam
· Discussion Board: invites visitors to share thoughts about jazz and what they've learned from the website in an open discussion format.

'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology Online Educational Resource' was created as a supplement to Smithsonian Folkways' 'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology.' The site showcases the JAZZ collection in a new way and aims to connect with educators, enthusiasts, and new listeners around the world.

'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology Online Educational Resource' is appropriate for adults and children of all ages. The site was created with funding assistance from the Smithsonian Women's Committee.

'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology' is a Smithsonian Folkways production with financial assistance by:

The Herb Alpert Foundation
Herzog & Co., Inc.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Watch a video introduction here.

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