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Music in the Hispanic Society of America: all that jazz!

Music in the Hispanic Society of America: all that jazz!

If the documentary HSA. A History of the Hispanic Society introduces us, in just over twenty minutes, to the spirit which led Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) to found this institution, the CD HSA JAZZ will fully immerse you in the musical world which inundated New York in those golden years at the start of the 20th century. Whilst jazz reigned supreme in the city’s best (and worst) nightclubs, Huntington was making his dream come true by “discovering Spain just as it is and capturing it in a museum”, as he expressed at the time.

HSA JAZZ

(First day of Sorolla’s exhibition at Hispanic Society, February 1909. New York, The Hispanic Society of America, inv. NN1117)

To mark the Treasures from the Hispanic Society of America exhibition, on display in the Museo del Prado until 10th September 2017, the Prado has produced the short documentary HSA.A History of the Hispanic Society, which boasts a sumptuous soundtrack.

In HSA JAZZ, you will find the great jazz standards from the early years of this New York institution, a series of recordings from legendary record labels such as The Verve, Decca or Capitol Records, presented in a beautifully-produced format.

CD Hispanic Society of America HSA JAZZ

This is a new album from the Museo del Prado’s musical collection, which you were previously able to enjoy through titles such as Jazz and Modern Painting, During the Goya Era. 18th Century Musical Gazette, Un'aura amorosa, Captive Beauty or Bosch. The Garden of Dreams.

In HSA JAZZ, you can listen to indispensable musicians such as Oscar Peterson or Django Reinhardt, and voices transformed by musical history into icons, such as those of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday or Sarah Vaughan. 

The CD’s full track list can be found below:

Summertime / Oscar Peterson
Misty / Sarah Vaughan
Theodora / Wes Montgomery
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning / George Shearing
It Had To Be You / Betty Hutton
Black And Blue Rhythm /  Jack Hylton and his Orchestra
New York City / Django Reinhardt
In The Still Of The Night / Helen O’Connell
I Get A Kick Out Of You / Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (I’m Savin’ My Love For You) / Billie Holiday
Easy Does It / Oscar Peterson
Begin The Beguine  / Ella Fitzgerald
Summertime  / Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 

With this wonderful selection of jazz standards, you can take a new experience home with you, inspired by the Hispanic Society of America. In the above-mentioned documentary, Mitchell A. Codding, the institution’s director and president, assures us that: “If Spain disappeared today, it would live on through the Hispanic Society.”

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