Johnnetta Cole, 2011 Laureate, explores links between Africa and jazz in “Rhythms Changing America”

May 06, 2013

Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Johnnetta Cole spoke with National Endowment for the Arts jazz master Randy Weston and historian Wayne Chandler, author of Ancient Future, about “Africa and Jazz”, uncovering stories and images of Africa’s roots in America’s history through jazz that have transformed the nation. The April 6 program “Rhythms Changing America” at the American History Museum was one of a monthlong series of lectures, discussions and performances celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month at the Smithsonian.  Dr. John Edward Hasse, Curator of American Music, followed up with a discussion on “Jazz and Freedom” with Cuban percussionist Candido Camero and American history scholar Robin D.G. Kelley, author of the biography Thelonious Monk and Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times.  Following the discussion Weston and Camero performed excerpts from Weston’s newest jazz opus, “Nubian Suite.“ Please visit theSmithsonian National Museum of African Art to view the event.