The Smithsonian’s Museum of American History announced that it will increase its jazz programming with a $2.5 million dollar endowment from the LeRoy Neiman Foundation.
Part of the endowment will be used to make up a program of jazz-related events, including a performance by the museum’s own big band, to commemorate Billy Strayhorn’s centennial. Another part will go the development of an establishment called the LeRoy Neiman Jazz Café.
The foundation was established by LeRoy Neiman, the painter of grand scenes of sports and music who died in 2012. One of his paintings, Big Band (2004), will be donated to the museum along with the endowment.