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National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20560
Join the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) Big Band for the opening concert of their 27th season at the National Museum of American History!
To open the new season, the SJMO will present a centennial salute to John Birks «Dizzy» Gillespie and Thelonious Sphere Monk. Few musicians have changed the paradigm of jazz as much as trumpeter/composer Dizzy Gillespie and pianist/composer Thelonious Monk.
Dizzy and Monk, true innovators of the art form, set a new standard for their respective instruments through the well-established musical traditions of the 20s and 30s. With the inspiration of saxophonist Charlie Parker and several other greats, the duo laid the foundation for Be-Bop, the hot new music of the 1940s.
— $25 — Standard row seating
— $40 — Table seating (and one complimentary drink)
Purchase tickets here: s.si.edu/OctJazz
— The museum’s Constitution Ave doors open at 6:45 p.m.
— The LeRoy Neiman Jazz Café Stand will be open and serving light fare and drink options for purchase starting at 6:45 p.m.
— Concert program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Left image credit: Thelonious Monk making notes at the piano, undated. Herman Leonard Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Right image credit: Dizzy Gillespie by Herman Leonard, 1948. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.