Jazz Appreciation Month

In 2002, the Smithsonian Institution announced the observance of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April.

JAM is intended to draw the public’s attention to the glories of jazz as both a historical and a living treasure by:

  1. Drawing greater public attention to the extraordinary history and heritage of jazz;
  2. Stimulating the current jazz scene and
  3. Encouraging 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 support institutional jazz programs.