Jazz Appreciation Month

Jazz Appreciation Month 2009 poster
The 2009 Jazz Appreciation Month poster features Chicago clarinetist Benny Goodman.

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. 

Resources offered by the Smithsonian for JAM include:

•   JAM FAQ — answers the most commonly asked JAM questions

•   JAM events — find JAM events at the Smithsonian or at a location near you (you can also send them your events for posting)

•   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.