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March is “Women In Jazz Month” at the American Jazz Museum. We have exciting programming all month that highlights our outstanding women in the field of jazz. Feature performances include our Jammin’ at the Gem performance series on Saturday, March 22nd which features two premier women in jazz, saxophonist and clarinetist, Anat Cohen; and, vocalist and pianist, Karrin Allyson. The Blue Room features “Women In Jazz” all month.

I am pleased with the reception and critical acclaim we have received for another great exhibit in the Changing Gallery, titled: “Convergence: Jazz, Films, Dance and the Visual Arts”.
“The history of African-American art owes much of its depth and scope to the scholarship of David C. Driskell, a leader in the field for more than three decades.”

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A collaboration between the American Jazz Museum and the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, Convergence shines a light on more than 60 significant works of African American art that have a strong connection to the jazz aesthetic in combination with rare jazz film footage capturing the art as it evolved in the early part of the 20th century.

At our grand opening reception, we enjoyed live music by the James Ward/Matt Hopper Band and a keynote by Dr. Robert O’Meally of Columbia University. His talk, “Looking at the Music: Jazz and the Visual Arts,” considers jazz music as a model for the structures, rhythms, and colors of contemporary visual art.

What does it mean to visualize jazz?

Our 90+ attendees were mesmerized from the beginning to the thought provoking conclusion of Dr. O’Meally’s presentation.

For the first time, two important American institutions are joining forces to collaborate on a significant project centered on a uniquely American art form, Jazz.

Convergence: The Intersection of visual, film, dance and performance art in Jazz is collaboration between the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City, MO) and the David C Driskell Center at the University of Maryland (College Park).


o Jazz Under the Lens with Greg Carroll is April 1, 2014 – 6:00 pm

o “C5”…..Convergence Concert & Collective Creative Conversation is April 10, 2014 – 6:00 pm


November 8, 2013 – April 27, 2014

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