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Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk: American History

Thelonius Monk Jr. poses in front of the new display, "Miles and Monk: New Jazz Acquisitions," at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

America’s attic just got a bit more musical and stylish this spring. The families of jazz pioneers Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk donated memorabilia and clothing to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Legendary photographer Herman Leonard also donated original prints of 20 of his genre-defining jazz photographs.

During a March 30 ceremony in Washing-ton, D.C., to mark Jazz Appreciation Month, family members of Davis and Monk shared remembrances as they made their donations.

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