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