Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!
April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), so it is time to appreciate and celebrate America’s “classical music” and music makers. According to information on the Smithsonian Jazz website, “The Spirit and Rhythms of Jazz is the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) theme highlighting jazz cultural history, musical performance and stories, programs and productions this April. JAM and UNESCO’s International Jazz Day April 30 provide rich platforms for individuals and communities to explore jazz principles of freedom, inclusion and creativity to learn how jazz has transformed America and inspired the world.” Of all the jazz greats, my personal favorite is Duke Ellington, and I am making big plans for an Ellington birthday bash on April 29, 2013. For more ideas on how you can join the celebration, visit http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/.