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Big Band, Swing, Smooth, Bebop, New Orleans, Kansas City, and more. There are many flavors of Jazz, but what makes them all similar? They are uniquely American.

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Birthday greetings from Louis Armstrong to Duke Ellington

5 of my favorite things in our Duke Ellington Collection

Within the first week of starting my internship in the Archives Center of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, I was tasked with searching through the Duke Ellington Collection materials for particular scans and images. Throughout my search, I gained a better appreciation for the legendary musician as well as for jazz music and culture. Here are my top five picks of the most interesting documents in the Duke Ellington Collection, which spans the years 1927 to 1974.1…

Ella Fitzgerald poses with Willie Mays, who was a player for the San Francisco Giants. Ella Fitzgerald Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

The Queen of Jazz and her love of baseball

Red thread is woven in and out of leather, uniting two different pieces into a single object that represents America's favorite pastime and an important part of American identity: baseball. Just as the thread unites the pieces, baseball itself bridges diverse communities and experiences in America.

Can't tell your Dizzys from your Dukes? Whether you're new to jazz, or just looking for a quick and easy way to remember jazz history's names and faces, look no further than LeRoy Neiman's iconic painting, Big Band. Jazz Painting, Leroy Neiman, Soft Pastel Art, Play That Funky Music, Jazz Art, Cool Jazz, Soul Art, Color Studies, Art Themes

Meet the Titans of Jazz: A guide to LeRoy Neiman's fantasy jam session, Part 2

Can't tell your Dizzys from your Dukes? Whether you're new to jazz, or just looking for a quick and easy way to remember jazz history's names and faces, look no further than LeRoy Neiman's iconic painting, Big Band.

Don't know your Ellington from you Armstrong? Meet 9 titans of jazz (and then drop their names at the very next opportunity) through this vivid painting. Jazz Instruments, Leroy Neiman, Cool Jazz, Music Painting, Billie Holiday, Jazz Band, Jazz Musicians, Art Themes, National Museum

Meet the titans of jazz: A guide to LeRoy Neiman's fantasy jam session

When serious jazz fans namedrop their favorite musicians (and their copious nicknames), it can be a bit intimidating for those of us who are new to jazz appreciation. Don't worry, we're here to help put jazz history's names and faces together—and just in time for Jazz Appreciation Month.

Painting of various jazz musicians in the National Museum of American History cafe. Expressionist Portraits, Abstract Expressionism, American History Museum, Jazz Instruments, Jazz Painting, Leroy Neiman, Cool Jazz, Jazz Band, Jazz Musicians

LeRoy Neiman's "Big Band" now on display

Now on display at themuseum: "Big Band," an epic jazz painting by artist LeRoy Neiman. The painting is 9-by-13 feet and features 18 iconic jazz musicians. Click through to download a jazzy wallpaper for your phone or tablet.

Guess one of the 18 American jazz greats in this painting, win a prize.

Which jazz musician appears in the painting at the National Museum of American History?

Guess one of the 18 American jazz greats in this painting, win a prize.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! “Jazz Appreciation Month was created at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of. Jazz Art, Jazz Music, Good Music, Jazz Poster, Blue Poster, African American Artist, American Artists, Choir Room, Music Illustration

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month and our colleagues at Smithsonian Jazz are excited to reveal that this year we will be celebrating Billy Strayhorn, a talented musician and composer. This joyful portrait of Stayhorn was painted by artist Keith Henry Brown. Sign up for our monthly newsletter so you don't miss out on Jazz Appreciation Month fun. #jazz

Happy birthday, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington! Born here in Washington, D.C., the pianist, composer, and orchestra leader had a huge, international impact on jazz. This is a 1963 program for his performance in Damascus, Syria African American History Month, African History, Today In History, Black History Month, Jazz Composers, Duke Ellington, Cool Jazz, Booker T, Major Events

Happy birthday, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington! Born here in Washington, D.C., the pianist, composer, and orchestra leader had a huge, international impact on jazz. This is a 1963 program for his performance in Damascus, Syria

The John Coltrane Estate recently donated this Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, an instrument he used late in his career. The John Coltrane Estate recently donated this Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, an instrument he used late in his career.

Smithsonian Marks “A Love Supreme” 50th Anniversary

John Coltrane's Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, made in Paris about 1965, the year that "A Love Supreme" was released, joined our collection today. The saxophone is one of three principal saxophones Coltrane played and will be on view in the "American Stories" exhibition starting June 17.

By Scott Vezdos Director of Marketing & Communications, Jazz Arts Group The sweet sounds of jazz will fill the spring air throughout the month of April.The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) will help celebrate the anniversary of Jazz. Jazz Festival, Festival Posters, Concert Posters, Music Posters, Retro Posters, Rock Posters, Band Posters, Jazz Poster, Blue Poster

We're kicking off Jazz Appreciation Month tomorrow. You can watch it all live online. We'll receive donations of historic objects from Ravi Coltrane, son of John and Alice Coltrane, and from jazz photographer, Chuck Stewart. Ravi Coltrane will then discuss his father's career and his studio album, "A Love Supreme", one of the greatest jazz albums of all time. The original manuscript of the album will be on view through June 17, 2014.

William J. "Count" BASIE - American big band leader and jazz pianist. // Stamp: US 1996 - Big Band Leaders, Renaissance Music, Count Basie, Commemorative Stamps, Jazz Musicians, Jazz Composers, Black History Facts, African American History, Stamp Collecting

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Jan. 21, 1942: Count Basie and His Orchestra record "One O'Clock Jump." This 1996 stamp is in the collection of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Teachers, do your students know how to groove? Check out these interactive lesson plans that help students develop their jazz chops, or skills playing/singing jazz. Cool Jazz, Booker T, Malcolm X, Concert Tickets, Black History Month, Teaching Resources, Lesson Plans, Singing, Students

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Teachers, do your students know how to groove? Check out these interactive lesson plans that help students develop their jazz chops, or skills playing/singing jazz.