Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as "JAM") was created right here at the museum in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.
JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz - to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.
Jazz Appreciation Month 2018: Jazz and Justice
This year, JAM celebrates the relationship between jazz and justice by looking beyond the music to the dynamic ways jazz has played a transformative role in social justice, musician's rights, and equality since its birth in America. To better tell this story, for the first time JAM will not feature a musician but instead hightlight "one of the most influential nonmusicians in jazz history," producer Norman Granz, and his work as an innovative producer, tireless promoter for his musicians, and uncompromising advocate for civil rights.
Learn more about this year’s featured artist.
Check out the 2018 JAM poster and its featured musicians.
Join us for our annual kick off concert, free daytime activies, and more.
Hold your own JAM event with this handy list of ways to celebrate jazz.
Everything else you might need for your own JAM events – including the JAM logo, and radio announcements.
Smithsonian Jazz is made possible through leadership support from:
The LeRoy Neiman Foundation
The Argus Fund
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
David C. Frederick and Sophia Lynn
The John Hammond Performance Series Endowment Fund