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An Evening of Jazz, Blues, and Civil Rights

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Embassy of France in the United States

4101 Reservoir Road Northwest

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An Evening of Jazz, Blues, and Civil Rights features the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble, with special guest vocalist Sharon Clark. Together they reveal the role of jazz as it gave voice to our country's civil rights struggles and reflected the people's purpose to press for change protecting civil rights.
The evening will start with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by a concert at 7:30 pm.

Hosted by David Frederick and Sophie Lynn, proceeds from the evening benefit the March on Washington Film Festival, a non-profit project of The Raben Group, that uses the power of the arts, scholarship, and first person accounts to highlight the untold stories and unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspire a renewed passion for activism. This year's festival will be held July 13 – 22 in venues across the District of Columbia.

About the Program:
Jazz and blues emerged out of a climate of struggle and oppression. Parallel in many ways to the modern civil rights movement, many American jazz and blues musicians had to find a safe means of voicing opposition to Jim Crow practices and other restrictive racial prejudices. The answer that many found was in their music. Musicians adopted the common practice of lyrical expression through rhythm, song, and sometimes even through coded language. Their compositions, expressions, and views would go on to provide strong support for the creation and passage of the American Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1990, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) presents concerts throughout the year at the National Museum of American History to bring alive America's jazz history through modern performance and fresh interpretation. The orchestra is led by Artistic Director and Conductor Charlie Young, and Program Director Kennith Kimery.
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