April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Updated: Apr 30
Jazz music is considered to be a cultural icon in American history. People all over the world listen to the bebop and play on notes as they dance throughout the night.
That’s why there’s a night to celebrate jazz. Jazz Appreciation Month aims to encourage people to learn about the long, intricate history of this music genre.
Celebrate by exploring the jazz musicians of the past, and appreciate the cultural influence that jazz music now has in today’s world.
History of Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month was founded by John Edward Hasse, a curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2001. It aims to recognize the heritage and history of jazz.
Initially funded by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, JAM supports the jazz scene, encourages the appreciation of jazz music for all ages. This month was selected because so many famous jazz performers were born during this month.
Those born during this month include people such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Herbie Hancock. Jazz originated in New Orleans during the 1920s. Developed from the sounds of blues and ragtime, it gave rise to different styles drawing from national, regional, and local musical cultures.
Throughout the month, people will be encouraged to participate by studying jazz music. You can do this by attending jazz concerts, reading books on the history of jazz, and listening to jazz music. As a great learning opportunity, Jazz Appreciation Month can offer a significant amount of insight into the cultural history surrounding the music.
The different styles of music produced within the genre, and help shine a spotlight on the historical figures of jazz music. It can also inspire younger generations to dive into the world of music and aim at making a career in the jazz music industry.
How to Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month
Take the time to listen to some jazz on the radio while doing your daily activities. Read up on famous jazz musicians and learn about their history and how they influenced the sound of jazz. Head on over to a local jazz club and listen to some more contemporary music artists while having a drink.
If you want to immerse yourself in the world of jazz, take a visit to New Orleans. This is one of the most famous cities in the United States and is known as the birthplace of Jazz. Try your hand at the saxophone, and see what you can create throughout the month.