Jazz Appreciation Month

Jazz Appreciate Month logo

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 2022: Latin Jazz and the Spirit of Cachao López

This year, Jazz Appreciation Month will be exploring the crosspollination of Afro-Caribbean music and jazz leading into the formation of Latin jazz. One of the iconic figures recognized in the Afro-Caribbean music tradition was bassist, bandleader, composer, and co-creator of mambo Israel “Cachao” López. This year’s JAM poster featuring Cachao is from Duke Ellington School of the Arts senior visual arts student Francis Henry Cuadro.

Check out this year’s resources to learn more about the history of Latin Jazz.

Israel "Cachao" López playing bass
Israel "Cachao" López photograph courtesy of Tom Ehrlich.

 

Woman playing saxophoneWays to Celebrate JAM

Hold your own JAM event with this handy list of ways to celebrate jazz.

 

 

White background with black text that says "JAM"Resources

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

 

 

Support for jazz programming is made possible by

LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation

The Argus Fund

Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
founding donor of the Smithsonian Jazz Endowment

David C. Frederick and Sophia Lynn

Goldman Sachs

John Hammond Performance Series Endowment Fund