April marks the twelfth anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Launched by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2002, JAM shines the spotlight on the extraordinary history of jazz and its importance in American culture through concerts, lectures, films and audio programs.
Tuesday, April 30 has been designated International Jazz Day. To date, nearly 80 events have been organized in 30 countries. A special concert in Istanbul, Turkey organized by music director John Beasley will feature Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Eddie Palmieri, among many others and will be streamed live on the internet via the UNESCO, U.S. State Department.
Slacker Jazz and Slacker Modern Jazz celebrate International jazz artists every day of the year, including Enrico Rava (Italy), John McLaughlin (U.K.), Manu Katche (France), Marcin Wasilewski (Poland), Eliane Elias (Brazil), Hendrik Meurkins (Germany), Joh Yamada (Japan) Luciana Souza (Brazil), Jan Garbarek (Norway), Hey Rim Jeon (Korea), Hirome (Japan), Peter Beets (Holland), and Ray Barretto (Puerto Rico).