exhibition, concert

1st Jazz Appreciation Month in Croatia

time: 01.04.2010. - 01.04.2010.
place: Zagreb, Croatia
organiser: Jazzart
The first Jazz Appreciation Month is taking place in Croatia, too. Official opening of the Zagreb-JAM will be held on 1st April at 8pm in the Writers 'Club, when there will be held the opening of the exhibition of jazz photography by photo-journalists and photographer Davor Hrvoj. A concert titled "Jazz Croatian Ladies' will host Valery Nikolovska, Franciska Fis, Jelena Balent, Astrid Kuljanic, Martina Brnetic and Maja Savic.

About the Jazz Appreciation Month:
The initial idea came from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for launching of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Annually paying tribute to Jazz both as an historic and a living American art form, the first celebration was held in April 2002. During the month of April the museum spotlighted the history and music of Jazz through concerts, programs and museum collections.

Inspired by the great success of Black History Month, a number of US governors have issued proclamations declaring April to be Jazz Appreciation Month in their states. "The purpose of Jazz Appreciation Month is to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of Jazz music and its importance as an American cultural heritage."

In addition, JAM is intended to stimulate the current Jazz scene 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 support institutional Jazz programs.

Each year, the month of April continues to maximize JAM's educational potential. Schools may participate with JAM during the school year and April allows student Jazz ensembles to culminate year-long preparations to play at their best.

April is also the birth month of a number of leading figures in Jazz: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Dodds, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Tito Puente, and Herbie Hancock.


(D.H., 01.04.2010)