What better way to celebrate the country’s first African American president than with a concert (or two) featuring the country’s first authentic art music — Jazz! It’s woven into the fabric of our culture like a colorful silk thread. Martin Luther King Jr. called it America’s “triumphant music.” Tonight, at the Kennedy Center in D.C., some of the greats of jazz, including Dave Brubeck, gathered to sing and celebrate. I put together a little collection of photos, posters and album covers. I LOVE the one of Josephine Baker. And the one of Ray Charles makes me smile. I saw him nearly 20 years ago at the Ventura Theatre, complete with the Rayettes donning sunglasses. So much cool. 

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4 Comments on All That Jazz

  1. Trust our muse to get to the stylish heart of this incredible event. I’m not a jazz expert, though who can resist its total cool, but I know Brubeck was trained as a classical composer and I think that back in the 60s or 70s, my parents had a recording of a long jazz concerto sort of thing he did dedicated to the civil rights movement. I think it was called “Gates of Justice” and had one of those great album covers we all wish we’d saved.