Afro-Cuban Jazz | October 16-17, 2015
To kick off the new season “in full swing,” the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) celebrated the unique sound and development of Afro-Cuban jazz. An innovative sound that shook up jazz 70 years ago, Cuban and jazz music have maintained a healthy marriage through the political challenges of the past 50 years. The concert featured music from pioneering musicians in Latin jazz, including Chano Pozo (1915-48), Mario Bauza (1911-93), Machito (1908-84) and many other influential composers and performers of this powerful blend of American and Cuban music. On October 17th SJMO was joined onstage by special guest, the Smithsonian's new Secretary, Dr. David Skorton.
Latin Jazz | Every April
The Museum celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month every April with concerts, workshops, films, discussions and more. PLHC, the Smithsonian Latino Center, and other groups work together to incorporate Latin Jazz artists into the celebration.
The Star Spangled Banner en Español | September 29, 2012
In 1945, Peruvian immigrant Clotilde Arias was commissioned by the State Department a singable translation of the Star Spangled Banner. Since there are no records that the National Anthem was ever sang in Spanish, the Museum commissioned local award winning chorus, Coral Cantigas, to studio record it for our exhibition. A public performance also took place in Flag Hall; it was attended by about 300 people.
American Music at American History | July 2005
The Program in Latino History and Culture produced a four-part performance series in July 2005 on Latin American and Caribbean musical traditions related to salsa in conjunction with the exhibition ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz and as part of NMAH’s “American Music at American History” series. Performers included Ashé Moyubba, Yaya Ensemble, Alma Moyo, Los del Barrio, Canelaz, Conjunto Folklorico Alianza Dominicana, and Bio Ritmo.