Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created at The National Museum of American History 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. More information can be found HERE.

Ways to Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

  • Attend a jazz concert at a local concert hall, performing arts organization, church, school, college, or jazz society
  • Follow your favorite musicians or groups on social media
  • Seek out new jazz music, musicians, and albums
  • Share your favorite music, musicians, or new finds with friends and peers
  • Read a biography about one of your favorite jazz musicians, jazz poetry, or other jazz book – fiction or nonfiction
  • Tune into a local jazz radio station or online radio station or playlist – KUVO!
  • Make a pilgrimage to your favorite jazz city, jazz museum, or to a musician’s birthplace or gravesite
  • Watch a jazz documentary, film, or performance
  • Join your local jazz society (If none exists, organize one!)
  • Subscribe to a jazz magazine or other publication online or in print
  • Host jazz listening sessions
  • Hold a jazz-themed party in honor of a favorite musician, or to celebrate jazz in general




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