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40th Annual Smithsonian FolkLife Festival Brings New Orleans Jazz To D.C.

This Friday in Washington, D.C., New Year’s Eve comes early for fans of Dr. Michael White (pictured) and the Original Liberty Jazz Band. Instead of traveling at the turn of each year to see the clarinetist at New York’s Village Vanguard, Washingtonians can see White and his brass band as part of this year’s Smithsonian FolkLife Festival.

The FolkLife Festival, held annually on the National Mall, celebrates international cultures through a mix of daytime events and nighttime concerts. This year, the festival’s themes are “Alberta at the Smithsonian,” “Carriers of Culture: Living Native Basket Traditions” and “Nuestra Musica 2006: Latino Chicago.”

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