The Smithsonian National Museum of American History

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Smithsonian is paying homage to a little-known, ethnically diverse all-female jazz ensemble called the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Founded in 1937, the group broke ground as they courageously toured the country ‚ÄĒ including the deeply segregated South ‚ÄĒ performing swing and jazz against the backdrop of some steep gender and racial tensions. In recognizing their efforts to integrate jazz, the Smithsonian will host a luncheon for members, who will attend as honored guests.

Learn more about The International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

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