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Smithsonian Music Notations

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


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
An 1881 recording from Bell's Volta Laboratory Finding Modern Meaning in 130-Year-Old Sound
National Museum of American History
Sonny Til’s Orioles R&B Trivia: Rhythm and Blues or Rock and Roll?
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Mary Lou Williams at the piano Mary Lou Williams: Musical and Social Change Agent
National Museum of American History
Sweethearts of Rhythm Sweethearts of Rhythm
National Museum of American History