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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
The Legacy of Max Roach

2023–­2024 In-Person Concert Series

Weekend Performance

Saturday, February 10, 2024 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1P0835
National Museum of American History
Warner Bros. Theater
Constitution Ave NW b/w 12th & 14th Sts
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian
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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in concert (Photo: Jaclyn Nash)

Under the artistic direction of maestro Charlie Young, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra has celebrated some of the greatest jazz music throughout its 33-year history as one of the crown jewels of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The 2023–2024 SJMO season adds new excitement and luster to that musical tradition.

Today's Concert

The Legacy of Max Roach

Inspired by Chick Web, Sonny Greer, Jo Jones, and the innovations of Kenny Clarke, during the 1940s Max Roach revolutionized the world of modern drum-set playing. He developed a swing and cymbal technique with dynamic expression that became the template for the creative imagination and technical mastery required to move modern jazz forward. With songs such as “Four-X,” “Cou-Manchi-Cou,” and “Liberté,” the SJMO honors the legacy of Max Roach, who would have turned 100 in January 2024. (Smaller Ensemble)

Note: This concert's musical program is subject to change.

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