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Smithsonian Marks 11th Jazz Appreciation Month

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month in April with a series of performances, talks, tours and events around Washington.

The museum’s Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will present small group performances throughout the month. The museum will also host three programs for families at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Fort Dupont and Anacostia Park.

The American history museum is home to an extensive jazz collection. It includes 100,000 pages of Duke Ellington’s unpublished music, Ella Fitzgerald’s famous red dress, Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet, Benny Goodman’s clarinet and John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” manuscript. Some are now on display in the museum’s rotating artifact walls.

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