April is the Coolest Month

April 3, 2013 at 12:16 am | Posted in International, Jazz, music | Leave a comment
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Interplay flyer for gig at Baker Street Swindon on 1st May 2012Last year saw the launch of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day under the auspices of Herbie Hancock and the Thelonious Monk Institute, while the Smithsonian Institute designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month. This year US Jazz Journalists are teaming up to recognise and celebrate local jazz promoters and others who contribute to the health and vigour of the local scene. The following paragraph comes from their own announcement in Jazz Week online magazine.

‘JazzApril starts NOW: April is Jazz Appreciation Month (so named by the Smithsonian Institution), culminating on the 30th with International Jazz Day(a project of UNESCO, organized by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) — and both those initiatives are endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. So the Jazz Journalists Association has launched a major media campaign called JazzApril in support of local jazz scenes taking advantage of JAM and IJD to raise awareness of the jazz resources all around us, and today posted bios + photos of 25 JJA “Jazz Heroes,” nominated by grassroots activists in 25 cities which will have parties to celebrate them, ask officials to proclaim their endorsements, and generally make noise to show that jazz is everywhere, in April and all year long.’  Read more »

There’s little point in being envious. I doubt whether we can muster enough jazz journalists to form an association, let alone get Continue Reading April is the Coolest Month…

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