Jazz Appreciation Month

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What is Jazz Appreciation Month?

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 2016: Benny Carter and Democracy

This year, for JAM 2016, we are exploring how jazz itself is a form of democracy – as a form of communication, as a solo or group, and as an equalizer – and celebrating the legacy of musician and bandleader, Benny Carter, who is featured on the JAM poster this year. Celebrate with us, collect the poster, and participate with jazz:

Benny Carter playing saxophoneBenny Carter and Democracy

Learn more about this year’s featured musician, find teacher resources, and explore the role of democracy in his work.


Jazz Appreciation Month posterJazz Appreciation Month posters

Check out the 2016 JAM poster and explore past posters and featured musicians.


Musicians playing jazzJ.A.M. 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