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Tell Us About the Zande Harp

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Collections Curator Bryna Freyer tells us the history of the Zande Harp in the African Art Museum Collections.

Tell us about James Brown's Hammond B3 Organ

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Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, tells us about James Brown's Hammond B3 Organ that is on display in "Through the African-American Lens" exhibit at National Museum of American History.

Tell Us About Chuck Berry's Cadillac

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Museum historian Kevin Strait tells us about Chuck Berry's Cadillac, which he helped to collect along with Chuck Berry's guitar, "Maybellene." They can both be found in the "Musical Crossroads" exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Keyboard owned by Ray Charles

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John Hasse, PhD, Curator of American Music at the National Museum of American History, presents a Yamaha KX88 keyboard used by Ray Charles and discusses Ray's comments on playing the piano.

Frances Densmore and Mountain Chief

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses a photograph of Frances Densmore and Mountain Chief sitting in front of the Smithsonian Castle.

The History of Ella Fitzgerald's A-Tisket-A-Tasket

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John Hasse tells us a little about Ella Fitzgerald's popular hit A-Tisket-A-Tasket in celebration of the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

Why Did Celia Cruz Say, "Azúcar"?

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Marvette Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, discusses Celia Cruz.

What are the origins of stringed instruments?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the evolution of stringed instruments from the ektar to the dutar, sitar, qatar and finally to the guitar.

What Is Your Favorite Kind of Music?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the music he loves.

Tell us about Chuck Berry's Guitar "Maybellene"

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Museum historian Kevin Strait tells us about Chuck Berry's guitar "Mabellene," which he helped to collect. It can be found in the "Musical Crossroads" exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

What are the Differences Between Poncho Sanchez and Mongo Santamaria's Congas?

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Marvett Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, presents and discusses the difference between two types of congas. One owned by Poncho Sanchez and the other by Mongo Santamaria. Both congas are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collections.

What are Some Fun Things You Can Do With a Piano?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us some fun facts about the piano.

Letter from Jimmy Davis about Ray Charles' "You Are My Sunshine"

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Dwan Reece, PhD, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture discusses a letter from then Governor of Louisiana, Jimmy Davis discussing his enthusiasm for Ray Charles' recording of Davis', "You Are My Sunshine"

What Can You Tell Us About the Early History of the Piano?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of the Musical Instrument Collection at the National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us a little about the early history of the piano.

How is the Puerto Rican Bomba Drum Created?

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Marvette Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, discusses the how a Puerto Rican bomba drum is constructed. This bomba drum is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collections.

How Do You Tune a Harpsichord?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us how to tune a harpsichord

Tell us about Marian Anderson

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Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, tells us about Marian Anderson's pivotal concert at the Lincoln Memorial while highlighting the outfit she wore that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

What Does a Harpsichord Sound Like?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, shows us how he plays the harpsichord.

Do You Have Anything From the Broadway Musical "Cats"?

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Dwight Blocker Bowers, a curator with the Division of Culture & Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows us a costume of Mr. Mistoffelees in the Broadway Musical "Cats".

Ray Charles Recording Session Receipt

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Dwan Reece, PhD, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture discusses a receipt from Swing Time records for a Ray Charles recording session.

Tell Us About Jimi Hendrix

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Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture tells us aboutJimi Hendrix' style musically and fashion-wise while highlighting his vest and speaker that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez Portrait by Al Rendón

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Assistant Curator of Photographs for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Leslie Ureña shares some history about Selena Quintanilla-Pérez' background, music and style as well as her work with portrait photographer Al Rendón

Do You Have Anything From the Scarecrow in the "Wizard of Oz"?

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Dwight Block Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture & the Arts at the National Museum of American History presents the original costume of Ray Bolger (the scarecrow) wore in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz" while singing the song, "We're off to see the Wizard".
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