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Smithsonian Music Notations

A roundup of stories from Smithsonian Music and our other blogs.


Behind the scenes during the production of RUMBLE, Rezolution Pictures films an interview with singer Tony Bennett at his studio in New York. RUMBLE: A Sneak Peek into the Upcoming Music Documentary
National Museum of the American Indian
An international lineup at the 2014 Guiyang Summer Festival of Indigenous Music. Photo by D.A. Sonneborn Expanding Indigenous Music in Guiyang, China
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Drummer and Composer Nasar Abadey Take 5: Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Quetzal Guerrero Quetzal Guerrero
National Museum of the American Indian
Album cover, Sounds of a Tropical Rain Forest in America, various artists, 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1952 Folkways Records When It Rains, It Pours
Folkways Recordings
Guitar In This Case: Guitar
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Ella Fitzgerald poses with Willie Mays, who was a player for the San Francisco Giants. Ella Fitzgerald Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Humanity
National Museum of American History
Leisl Whitaker performs The Girls in the Band at the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History
The food web, demonstrated by interpretive dancers in the production Ocean. Credit:  William Roden/Spector Dance Dancing for the Oceans
National Museum of Natural History