What: A nationwide effort to bring attention to draw public to jazz as a living and historical treasure. This year JAM is celebrating women’s artistic and social contribution to jazz. In particular, a combination of a musical performance, oral histories, film, museum exhibits and educational programs will tell the captivating story of the first all-female, integrated big band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Founded in 1937 at the Piney Woods School in Mississippi, the Sweethearts toured the country by bus, challenging simultaneously perceptions of race and gender.
Who: The National Endowment for the Humanities has supported JAM through the work of state councils and by featuring jazz-related funded projects, lesson plans, and jazz education links on EDSITEment For more information on Jazz Appreciation Month, visit the Smithsonian’s site.