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JAM 2011 Kickoff!

“Women and Jazz: International Sweethearts of Rhythm”
March 30, 11 AM – 12 Noon

Filosofía Caribeña by the John Santos Sextet
April 15, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Pablo Aslan Concert, April 1, 2010


Remembering Dave Brubeck, Goodwill Ambassador

Danilo Perez, Creator of Musical Guardians of Peace

Self-taught Guitarist Rises to King of Cool Jazz
Read about Johnny Smith, the legendary guitarist who recently donated his 1960's Gibson model guitar to the museum.

The Girls in the Band at the Smithsonian
Read about the women of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and how they became members of the nation's jazz band.

Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Humanity
Read a lesser known account of the legendary vocalist by guest blogger, Fran Morris Rosman, the Executive Director of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

Mary Lou Williams: Musical and Social Change Agent
Read about the famous jazz musician who graces our 2011 JAM poster.

A Tribute to Billy Taylor
Read the tribute and listen to clips from the Jazz Oral History Project and "Jazz Smithsonian" radio series.

A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln
Read the blog post and listen to clips from the Jazz Oral History Project.

A Tribute to Lena Horne
Read the blog post and listen to clips from the "Jazz Smithsonian" radio series.



JAM 2011

JAM 2010

JAM 2009

JAM 2008




In 2008, the office of Jazz Appreciation Month Initiatives organized the first Jazz Interns Forum for National Museum of American History summer interns.  The event featured presentations by Museum staff involved with jazz programs/collections/archives and was followed by an open discussion between staff and interns to help improve JAM programs for wider audiences and educate interns about the museum's jazz orchestra, collections, and archives.  The interns were used as a focus group (interns on average were 18-25 years old). What started three years ago as a small forum with 15 people, has grown into an annual event that is extended to summer interns across the entire Smithsonian system in Washington, DC.  On occasion, we will also offer jazz and related music research/commentary from JAM Partners and collaborators.

Jazz Interns Forum 2011

September 21, 2011 issues of the Washington Post, Music Education Supplement by JAM Partner, NAMM, on the benefits of music education.

August 15, 2011, A blog Supreme, NPR Jazz commentary on research about younger jazz audiences.