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Jazz 21/01/2011

'Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology' Is Definitive Box Set On Genre

'Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology' Is Definitive Box Set On Genre

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts/Shore Fire Media) The highly anticipated 'Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology' box set, available March 29, 2011 via Smithsonian Folkways, is the most definitive musical history of the genre to date. Here's a look at how in-depth and detailed the collection is, for aficionados and first-time fans alike.

'Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology' - by the numbers:

* 111 tracks covering an 85 year span (1917-2003)

* 6 CDs and 7 hours 45 minutes of music

* 200 page book

* Covers New Orleans, Dixieland, big band, cool, swing, bebop, hard bop, free, funk, fusion, Latin and contemporary jazz

* 129 photographs, many rare

* 666 different musicians from 19 countries performing 61 different instruments

* 80% of the tracks (90) were not included in the now out-of-print versions of The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz

* As many as 20% of the tracks estimated to be not readily available elsewhere commercially (CDs or Downloads)

* 7 years in the making

* 43-person advisory panel and 35 contributing writers

* 145 total contributors (including staff, notes writers editors, designers, audio engineers, image specialists, interns, and volunteers)

Pre-Orders Available at, including a package with JAZZ poster and t-shirt.

Think you know jazz? Visit the popular quiz-site to see how many songs from JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology you can recognize. There is a 25-song version and the full 111-song ultimate challenge.

JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology is a Smithsonian Folkways production with financial assistance by:

The Herb Alpert Foundation
Herzog & Co., Inc.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

For more information and the full 'Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology' track list:

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