Articles by Joann Stevens

How Disney's 1942 Film Bambi Came to Be Influenced by the Lush Landscapes of the Sung Dynasty

Chinese-American Artist Tyrus Wong's Brush With Destiny

Chris Raschka's new children's book tells the true story of Sun Ra, an eccentric jazz musician.

There Once was a Jazz Musician Who Came Here from Saturn

Author and Illustrator Chris Raschka wants his new children's book to teach kids about the icons of jazz.

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PHOTOS: Wynton Marsalis, Honoring Duke Ellington

The artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the jazz legend who won affection at home and abroad

Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson in Japan

Marian Anderson: Freedom Singer and Mentor To Generations

How a gifted black singer transformed opera and the nation through a lifetime of giving

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Sax in the City: Connecting the Musical Dots

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra connect the musical dots, from saxophonist Benny Carter to the Sex and the City theme, at its Oct. 13 concert

A tribute to Duke Ellington adorns a building in Washington, D.C., but what will happen to the genre of American music he helped pioneer? Photo by Carol Highsmith, 2010.

Jazz: Searching for an Audience and a Vibe

What will it take for the next generation to embrace jazz? The Congressional Black Caucus and guest blogger Joann Stevens weigh in

This weekend families can help create saw-dust carpets, a 400-year-old tradition in Guatemala, where everyone lends a hand to create colorful works of art.

¡It’s Dia de la Familia at American History!

Joann Stevens from the American History Museum looks to Saturday's grooving festivities, marking a month of programming for Hispanic Heritage Month

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