Jazz Appreciation Month

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Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as "JAM") was created right here at the museum in 2002 to herald 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 2017: Women in Jazz

This year, being the centennial of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, JAM 2017 will celebrate women in jazz. Beyond the traditional female vocalist, there are also many great composers, arrangers, orchestrators, and instrumentalists who have and continue to leave an indelible print on the history and future of jazz. 

Ella Fitzgerald on yellow background2017 Featured Musician: Ella Fitzgerald

Learn more about this year’s featured musician through museum blogs, collections, teacher resources, and programs.


Image with painting of Ella Fitzgerald and the word "Jazz"2017 Jazz Appreciation Month posters 

Check out the 2017 JAM poster and explore past posters and featured musicians.


Musicians playing jazzJAM at the Museum

Join us for concerts, free daytime events, or explore original instruments on view here at the museum in April.


Drummer speaking with microphoneWays to Celebrate 

Want to throw your own JAM celebration with your school or library? Check out this master list for ideas and suggestions.


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Everything else you might need for your own JAM events – including the JAM logo, radio announcements, and the Directory of Jazz Societies. 



Jazz Appreciation Month is made possible through generous support from:

The LeRoy Neiman Foundation

The Argus Fund

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Goldman Sachs

The John Hammond Performance Series Endowment Fund