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The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) was founded in 1990 with an appropriation from Congress in recognition of the importance of jazz in American culture and its status as a national treasure.
Now in its 20th year and the fifth of its series with The Smithsonian Associates, the orchestra delves into jazz's greatest works and performers. The SJMO is led by artistic and musical director David N. Baker.
In celebration of Mary Lou Williams’ 100th birthday and Black History Month, the SJMO samples her vast musical oeuvre.
This program features music from throughout the career of this pianist and arranger, including works she arranged for Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, and Andy Kirk and the Clouds of Joy.