Concerts explore the history of jazz in America.

Jazz Beyond Borders
The 2019-2020 Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra season offers an incomparable experience for jazz lovers, music enthusiasts, and fans of the orchestra. Building upon the 2017–2018 Jazz and Democracy season, the orchestra is embarking on a global tour that will take the orchestra across the world to share a diverse program of American and international jazz. See the tour schedule for news and information on each bespoke concert and guest musician.      

Jazz from Broadway to Hollywood
Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL
Saturday, September 28, 2019




Centennial Year of Nat “King” Cole Featuring Guest Vocalists Sharon Clark and Steve Washington
Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza
National Museum of American History
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

The royal moniker “King” has been bestowed on only a small percentage of artists. Nathaniel Adams Cole’s elevation to “King” was earned through his increasing rise to prominence, and his full mastery of the piano, and voice. American culture and history has many stains; however, the brilliance of Nat “King” Cole could not be denied. Ranking among the most popular vocalists of his era, Cole eventually hosted his very own TV show in the 1950s. On March 31, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will feature guest vocalists Sharon Clark and Steve Washington bringing to life some of those iconic arrangements, to include “Nature Boy” and “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.”

The museum’s Constitution Avenue doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the LeRoy Neiman Jazz Café will be open and serving light fare and drink options for purchase from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food and drink are welcome at seats in the Performance Plaza.