For more than half of the 20th century. Legal and social segregation shaped many aspects of life for Americans – including where they heard jazz. But in the speakeasy era, a new kind of venue emerged that opened the doors for Black musicians and audiences, as well as other people of color. Dubbed “black-and-tan clubs,” these nightspots began to attract white patrons as well, creating a uniquely integrated musical phenomenon. Join the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in the Root Family Auditorium for an afternoon of jazz inspired by the black-and-tan clubs of the speakeasy era.
Please reserve admission in advance by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285, in person at MOAS, or online at MOAS.org. This event is popular and will sell out.