April is Jazz Appreciation Month! So break out your records and pay tribute to this historical and living American art form.
April is also Jazz Appreciation Month! The Smithsonian launched Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in 2001 to pay tribute to jazz both as a historic and living American art form. This year’s celebration marks the centennial of Chicago jazz-musician Benny Goodman, “The King of Swing,” who is featured on the 2009 poster (PDF).
Resources offered by the Smithsonian for JAM include:
• JAM FAQ — answers the most commonly asked JAM questions
• JAM partners — organizations and institutions sponsoring JAM
• 12 ways to celebrate JAM — learn how to take part in JAM
• Directory of jazz societies — find a jazz society near you
• JAM logo — for non-commercial, educational purposes
Visitors to the Jazz Appreciation Month site also can find out what happened “This Day in Jazz History”; learn more about jazz; listen to or read jazz oral histories; and research the institute’s collections.