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Pete Seeger and The Tribe

June 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at 6:30 pm


Speaker: Jeff Place, Smithsonian Folkways


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Pete Seeger in concert, February 20, 1986. Photo by Josef Schwarz, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


Join Grammy-nominated Jeff Place as he explores the important influence of Jewish culture and tradition on the work of Peter Seeger.


About the Speaker: 

Jeff Place has been at the Center’s Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections since 1988, acting as curator and archivist. He holds an MLS from the University of Maryland and specializes in sound archives. He oversaw the cataloging of the Center’s collections and has been involved in the compilation of more than sixty CDs  and books of American music for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings including the Lead Belly Legacy Series, Lead Belly Sings for Children; the Pete Seeger American Favorite Ballads series; and The Asch Recordings (Woody Guthrie).


Place has been nominated for eight GRAMMY Awards and twelve Indie Awards, winning two GRAMMYs and six Indies. He was one of the producers and writers of the acclaimed 1997 edition of the Anthology of American Folk Music and The Best of Broadside, 1962-1988 (2000). He has served on the curatorial team for a number of exhibitions including the traveling Woody Guthrie exhibition This Land is Your Land. In 2003, he co-curated the Smithsonian Folklife Festival program on Appalachian culture.


In 2012, he is produced and co-authored (with Robert Santelli) the publication and CD-box set Woody at 100 and the Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Collection in 2014. In 2019, his books Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, the book, The Social Power of Music, and the project Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival were published. The Seeger project was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2019.


June 10
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm