New Jazz Acquisitions

March 30, 2003 – May 7, 2003

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

3rd Floor, East Wing, near entrance to Archives Center Floor Plan

On view are photographs, sheet music, posters, and other objects from the archives collections that reflect the extraordinary careers of the following artists:

  • Jeni LeGon: Danced and sang in many films in the 1930s and 1940s and continues to dance and teach today. Also, the first black woman to sign a studio contract.
  • Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham: Performed with Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday in a European concert tour, played lead trumpet in a Big Band, and remained prominent in the jazz world until his death in 1997.
  • Horace and Fletcher Henderson: Established a new style of Big Band performance in the 1920s and 1930s, which was imitated by many Big Band leaders of the era.

Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (April).