August 9, 2016 "Jazz Singers" Exhibition Travels to Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles

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The Library of Congress exhibition "Jazz Singers" will travel to Los Angeles, opening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition will close in February 2017.

"Jazz Singers" will offer perspectives on the art of vocal jazz, featuring singers and song stylists from the 1920s to the present.

Rare video clips, photographic portraits, candid snapshots, musical scores, personal notes, correspondence, drawings and watercolors will reveal the sometimes exuberant, sometimes painful, but always vibrant art and life of jazz singers. The materials are drawn mainly from the Library of Congress Music Division’s collections, including the photographs of William P. Gottlieb and the papers of Max Roach, Chet Baker and Shirley Horn. Additional items are from the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division and American Folklife Center.

The exhibition was on display in the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building from Feb. 11, 2016, to July 23, 2016. An online version can be viewed at

The Library of Congress Music Division, with more than 21 million items, holds the world's largest music collection. Particular areas of strength include opera (scores and librettos), stage and screen musicals, chamber music, jazz and American popular song. The division is home to approximately 600 archival collections, most of them the personal papers (including music scores as well as correspondence, photographs, legal and financial documents, programs, clippings and other materials) documenting the lives and careers of stellar composers and performers. For more information, visit

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