Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day

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32 cent Jazz Flourishes stamp with Jazz Club and trombone and trumpet players

Jazz Flourishes stamp, 1998

Jazz Appreciation Month (“JAM”), originally created by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 2001, is celebrated every April in the United States and Canada to recognize the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. International Jazz Day, as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is celebrated globally every year on April 30, "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe" (jazzday.com). In observance of Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day, the museum created this compilation of stories, exhibitions, and collection objects related to jazz that are available on the museum's website.

Image: Jazz Flourishes stamp, 1998

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Jazz Appreciation Month

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as "JAM") was created in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. JAM is intended to stimulate 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 more.

International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.