Scheduled to open in Downtown Nashville in early 2020, the National museum of African American Music will be a 56,000-square-foot facility that will encourage visitors to discover the many connections and influences that composers have had on all genres of music. From classical to country to jazz and hip hop, NMAAM will integrate history and interactive technology to share the untold story of more than 50 music genres and subgenres. It will be an unparalleled institution, not confined by record label, genre or recording artist, but instead will tell a unique narrative through the lens of black music.

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A Closer Look at the Billboard Charts

Billboard’s R&B and Hip-Hop charts can sometimes leave music lovers a bit confused at how consistent they are with defining what makes a certain type of music fit into a specific category. These days if you take a glance at the charts, the list may or may not...

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Esperanza Spalding Casts a Spell with Her Brand of Jazz

Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding has been hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass, but she made a name for herself when she became the spoiler alert in 2011 snatching the GRAMMY for Best New Artist from the obvious favorite of the night, Justin Bieber, and...

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Pianist Robert Glasper Introduces Jazz to New Audiences

Hailed as the gateway into jazz for younger audiences, America’s jazz soundtrack wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the musical stylings of GRAMMY Award winner Robert Glasper. Diversifying Jazz Glasper’s music has helped to propel the genre forward by taking hip...

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Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music. Created by music business insiders, the group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music. Since 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a small commemoration to national proportions with events held annually across the country.

NMAAM announced Rivers of Rhythm®, its first-ever digital exhibition, during this important month-long observance. This first-of-its-kind digital exhibition strategically connects NMAAM to a national conversation that honors the roots of American music.

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