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Jazz Appreciation events in April 2014 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Did you know? The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month in April 2014 with the exquisite photography of Jati Lindsay.

Judy Chaikin directed and produced 'The Girls in the Band'
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Linsday photographs "will be the definitive visual record of jazz now," predicts Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, who curated the show of the Washington, DC-based photographer. His silken black-and-white compositions focus on the 21st century vanguard of jazz musicians inspired by hip-hop culture. Jati Lindsay: Jazz Now will be on view from March 29 - June 29, 2014. Click here for more details.

April at the Lewis will also feature a 'Jazz for Kids' workshop which introduces children ages 6-10 to the different genres of jazz. The workshop is led by teaching artist Culture Queen on Saturday April 12, 2014 which starts at 12 p.m. Click here for more details.

Be sure to check out the attached video of "The Wayne Shorter Quartet performing "Starry Night" with Esperanza Spalding," on the Arsenio Hall show.

Furthermore, look forward to a documentary screening event about female jazz musicians, The Girls in the Band, tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The screening takes place Thursday April 17, 2014 which starts at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by WEAA. Click here for more details.

You should know the programming above is a timely tribute to the late Baltimore native and jazz aficionado Mr. Louis Hecht. Mr. Hecht is one of the founders of the Baltimore Jazz Foundation and was a fixture of the Pennsylvania Avenue scene. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum's permanent collection includes the Louis G. and Shirley Hecht Collection, a voluminous collection of over 3,700 original 78 RPM and LP recordings ranging from the 1920s to 1960s along with books, journals, newspaper articles, photographs and other materials dating from 1937 to 2010 that document the music and artists that most captivated this lifelong collector.

Did you know? April is also National Poetry Month and the Lewis will celebrate with spoken-word artist Cherri Amour.

She reads from her poetry collection which explores her geographical and emotional journey from Trinidad to Canada, Detroit, and finally, Baltimore. Click here for more details.

On Sunday April 6, 2014 also look forward to exploring the history of soul food in the film Soul Food Junkies and the cuisine's contribution to modern health crises in communities of color. A panel discussion follows with Councilman Nick Mosby; Sarah Buzogany, Food Access Coordinator, Baltimore City Office of Sustainability; Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary; Michael J. Wilson, Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions; and Naijha Wright, Restaurateur, Land of Kush. Click here for more details.

For more details such a full list of calendar of April events at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, click here. All programs are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is located at 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.