April 2012 – Jazz Appreciation Month / April 30th “International Jazz Day”

(From the Smithsonian website)
“Jazz Appreciation Month is every April”
“The museum launched JAM in 2001 as an annual event that pays tribute to jazz both as a historic and living American art form. It has since grown to include celebrations in all 50 states and 40 countries.”

There are various events going on in your city or state that you should seek out. Link to Smithsonian Jazz website.

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock has instituted “International Jazz Day” on April 30th

(From the UNESCO website): “In November 2011, during the UNESCO General Conference, the international community proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”. The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.”

UNESCO International Jazz Day

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