Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month, a project of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History was signed into law in 2001 by President George W. Bush. This marks the 12th year of national celebration.
The purpose of the month is to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance as an American cultural heritage. In addition, it is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz—to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz and support institutional jazz programs. The 2013 theme selected this year by the Smithsonian is “The Spirit and Rhythm of Jazz.”
Did you know that the month of April was chosen to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in recognition of the birthdays of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, and Tito Puente. Jazz appreciation, however, encompasses so much more than recognition of jazz artists and you can learn more about this dynamic artform by visiting the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library today!