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Five Platters For Your Fourth Of July Picnic

Got your burger ready?
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Got your burger ready?

For a jazz fan, patriotic music might conjure thoughts of loud, brassy marching-band fare, uneven performances at sporting events, or simply Kate Smith. For those just getting acquainted with jazz, the notion of the art form expressing nationalistic jubilation might seem at odds with its reputation for complexity and cool.

There are more than a few Independence Day-appropriate sides, however, good for serving up various elaborations on the profound relationship between jazz and our national ideals. As America's birthday approaches, here are five tasty and tasteful offerings for your Fourth of July celebration.

Hear the music, after the jump.

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David Brent Johnson is the host of Afterglow and Night Lights. An Indianapolis native and IU alumnus, David began his radio career at Bloomington community radio station WFHB, where he hosted the weekly jazz program All That Jazz. A writer who’s published frequently in Bloom Magazine, The Ryder, the Bloomington Independent, and Indianapolis Nuvo, he has won two Society of Professional Journalists awards for his arts writing.