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Jazz Appreciation Month

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History 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 2021: Women’s Impact and Contributions in Jazz

Jazz has influenced virtually every type of American music in the 20th century from classical to Broadway to R&B. In fact jazz has inspired painters poets novelist dancers and filmmakers let it inspire you... Gerald Albright

This past year the museum’s jazz program stepped up its efforts in recognizing contributions of women in jazz, from the genre’s earliest development to present successes and challenges. Our work is far from being done and will continue to be an integral part of our ongoing effort as we delve into the rich historical legacy of America’s indigenous art form.

This year, Jazz Appreciation Month will both recognize and explore the historical legacy of pianist, singer, songwriter, storyteller, and civil rights activist Nina Simone. We’ll add historic content to our website and online programming, marked visually by an illustration of Nina Simone on this year’s poster by Duke Ellington School of the Arts sophomore visual arts student Naa Anyele Sowah-de Jesus.


2021 Featured Artist: Nina Simone


For more information on Jazz Appreciation Month please visit the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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