April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

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Jazz Appreciation Month 

In recent years 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.

In 2021, Jazz Appreciation Month recognized and explored the historical legacy of pianist, singer, songwriter, storyteller, and civil rights activist Nina Simone. Historic content was added to our website and marked visually by an illustration of Nina Simone on this poster by Duke Ellington School of the Arts sophomore visual arts student Naa Anyele Sowah-de Jesus.

2021 Featured Artist: Nina Simone

 Nina Simone - Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass. - 1969
Nina Simone – Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass. – 1969
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Robert and Greta Houston


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Ways to Celebrate JAM

Hold your own JAM event with this handy list of ways to celebrate jazz.


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Everything else you might need for your own JAM events – including the JAM logo, and radio announcements.


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