Monday, April 2, 2012

Jazz Appreciation Month & 112 Ways to Celebrate!

As some of you might know, April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) as designated and initiated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

If you need some ideas on how to celebrate, the Smithsonian Institute has complied a list of 112 ways to celebrate (note that many of the ideas are very American-centric)

Here's a few:

Attend a concert by your local high school or college jazz band.

Listen to a jazz CD that is new to you. Try to stretch your ears. If you need some guidance, try The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 4th edition, by Richard Cook and Brian Morton, Tom Piazza's Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz.

Read a good book on jazz.

Find a new jazz website.

Listen to a radio station that plays genuine jazz.

oin your local jazz society. If none exists, organize one.

Subscribe to a jazz magazines, such as Down Beat, Jazz Times, Jazziz. Others include: Cadence, Marge Hofacre's Jazz News, The Mississippi Rag, and from

Canada, Coda, Planet Jazz, and The Jazz Report.

Host jazz listening sessions in your home.

For the full list go [here.]

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