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 2019: Jazz Beyond Borders
This year, JAM celebrates jazz beyond borders by looking at the dynamic ways jazz can unite people across the culture and geography. This theme is to celebrate the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s next tour, which will visit cities in North America, Europe, and Asia. This tour will ignite the Smithsonian’s goal of "convening conversations," in which we will use the power of music as a springboard into important discussions around diversity, identity, diplomacy, and innovation.
This year’s featured artist will be Nat King Cole and his work as an innovative artist, world influencer, and dynamic performer. An international performer, Nat King Cole gained wide support from around the globe. He pushed racial boundaries that sought to prevent him from success. He was the first African American to host his own television series, Nat King Cole Show.
Learn more about this year’s featured artist.
Check out the 2019 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