You don’t have to wait for the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival to celebrate your love of this music. April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Every April, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) highlights the glories of jazz as both a historical and a living treasure. Here is one special month to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance to American culture. Musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges , museums, libraries and public broadcasters are encouraged to offer special programs during this month. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (which operates the world’s most comprehensive set of jazz programs) leads this initiative in concert with a distinguished roster of federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations and broadcasting networks.
The Arts, Music, & Recreation Division has an extensive collection of Jazz recordings and books documenting the history of Jazz and Jazz musicians. Jazz lovers can also celebrate with Jazz Rochester.