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Cooking Up History: The Food of Jazz

  • National Museum of American History Washington, DC (map)

What is the relationship between food, jazz, and American history? In the late 19th and early 20th century, jazz spread into American life, blending many influences and finding distinct forms in each community it was played, from New Orleans to Harlem to Kansas City. Guest chef Rock Harper, will prepare a few dishes from America’s leading jazz communities, as guests explore how each city produced unique culinary creations to feed both musicians and their audiences, and discuss how the foods that fed jazz are as improvisational, innovative, and rooted in tradition as the music itself.

Earlier Event: April 27
Smithsonian Craft Festival
Later Event: April 28
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival