Jazz Appreciation Month

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the U.S. Mission, in collaboration with the UN Cultural Activities Committee, the UN Music Ensemble and AMR (Association pour l’encouragement de la musique improvisée), celebrated International Jazz Day with a double-bill concert at the historic Palais des Nations. The

Jazz Appreciation Month recognizes the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.

Jazz Appreciation Month 2019: Jazz Beyond Border

This year, JAM celebrates jazz beyond borders by looking at the dynamic ways jazz can unite people across the culture and geography. This theme is to celebrate the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s next tour, which will visit cities in North America, Europe, and Asia. This tour will ignite the Smithsonian’s goal of “convening conversations,” in which we will use the power of music as a springboard into important discussions around diversity, identity, diplomacy, and innovation.

This year’s featured artist will be Nat King Cole and his work as an innovative artist, world influencer, and dynamic performer. An international performer, Nat King Cole gained wide support from around the globe. He pushed racial boundaries that sought to prevent him from success. He was the first African American to host his own television series, Nat King Cole Show.

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