Smithsonian Jazz

Smithsonian Jazz on color bars with image of a trumpet player and Duke Ellington

Exploring the American experience through the transformative power of jazz.


Saxophone players

The 2016-17 Season: Jazz & Democracy


Join the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra led by Charlie Young for a season showcasing the many ways that jazz embodies democracy and has influenced American history.


Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Collection


Since 1992, Smithsonian Jazz has been documenting the oral histories of over 100 jazz musicians, performers, relatives, and professionals.


Groovin' to Jazz Lesson Plans


Do you know how to groove? Smithsonian Jazz has thirty-one original recordings with lesson plans designed for teachers with intermediate and middle level students.



Smithsonian Jazz programs are made possible through generous support from:

The Argus Fund

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Goldman Sachs

John Hammond Performance Series Endowment Fund

LeRoy Neiman Foundation