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Jazz Appreciation Month

Posted in News on April 22, 2002

April marked the first annual national Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), a project launched by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, backed by a hefty group of partners, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Education, MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the International Association of Jazz Educators, the Grammy Foundation and the U.S. Department of State. BMI is a sponsor of JAM, as is the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.


Representatives from Jazz Appreciation Month partner, collaborator and sponsor organizations are pictured here at a press conference in Washington, DC (l-r): Dwan Reece (National Endowment for the Humanities), Colleen McDonough (ASCAP Foundation), Stanton Davis (American Federation of Musicians), John Stevenson (Voice of America), Jerry Belson (National Park Service), John Edward Hasse (National Museum of American History), musician Branford Marsalis, Rep. John Conyers, Susan Sclafani (U.S. Department of Education), musician Keter Betts, Tom Bellino (Chamber Music America), Jean Banks (BMI), Michael Byers (U.S. Department of Defense), Mike Blakeslee (MENC: The National Association of Music Educators), Jon Newsom (Irving Caesar Lifetime Trust), Mark Jacobs (U.S. Department of State), Wayne Brown (National Endowment for the Arts) and Sandra Gibson (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

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