Cannonball Adderley, Mary Lou Williams and Freddie Hubbard are celebrated in Smithsonian Institution concerts next October, February and April; a December “Swingin’ in the Holidays” performance by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra completes its year’s jazz offerings. Well, there’s also Jazz Appreciation Month in April (otherwise known for fools and taxes) during which the Smithsonian encourages and promotes jazz activities in the U.S. and abroad. Does this represent enough support of jazz, a Congressionally recognized American treasure, by one of America’s major cultural institutions?
The Smithsonian’s jazz schedule has not previously been announced. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s small group will play material from alto saxophonist Adderley’s solo career and ’57-’59 stint with Miles Davis on Oct. 24, and on April 10 a program titled “Hub-Tones” in honor of trumpeter Hubbard who died last December, will feature music from his days in the ’60s with Blue Note Records and Art Blakey and his ’70s CTI period which produced hits including “Red Clay” and “Straight Life.”
Part I Library of Congress
Part II Smithsonian
Part III Kennedy Center