Monday, April 1, 2013

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM): April 2013

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is a music festival held every April in the United States, in honor of Jazz as an original American art form. JAM was created by John Edward Hasse, PhD, curator of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Jazz Appreciation Month was created to be an annual event that would pay tribute to Jazz as both a living and as a historic music. Schools, organizations, even governments, celebrate JAM with events ranging from free concerts to educational programs. The first year was 2001, and initial funding was provided by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. Miss Fitzgerald's archives are housed at the Smithsonian. [Source: Wikipedia]

To kick off this month's tribute to the artform, we find it fitting to start with the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, whom many consider the Queen of Jazz and the First Lady of Song. Here's Mrs. Fitzgerald performing "One Note Samba" along with Ed Thigpen on drums, Frank de la Rosa on bass and Tommy Flanagan on piano.

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