Finding the meaning of America’s democracy is a journey that each generation takes.

New Day at Federal Hall is inviting artists and historians, writers and activists to reflect on democracy. What are the achievements of the past, the possibilities for the future, the rights that have been deferred and the rights denied. What are the living ideals of a more perfect union and how do we get there?

Wynton Marsalis

Jazz & Democracy

Wynton Marsalis kicked off our new series of Reflections on Democracy on September 30, 2020 with Democracy & Jazz.

In the hush of the empty Federal Hall Grand Rotunda, this Grammy-winning musician shared his thoughts on what democracy and jazz have in common. He capped his comments with an inspiring solo performance of Amazing Grace, which he called “America’s unofficial anthem”

Read the transcript of his remarks