“Jazz is really about the human experience. It’s about the ability of human beings to take the worst of circumstances and struggles and turn it into something creative and constructive. That’s something that’s built into the fiber of every human being. And I think that’s why people can respond to it.” – Herbie Hancock
This month we celebrate the legacy, education, and movement that jazz music has given to artists, historians, jazz enthusiasts, and communities across the globe. Many of which have dedicated their talents, ears, and life’s work to furthering the creation and innovation of new avenues and opportunities in music for future generations to appreciate, understand, and create a universal understanding and common language. To play or listen to a jazz performance is by definition to participate in Jazz Appreciation Month. If you are a musician that is a student or master of the art we encourage you to find events in your local area and support the artists in your community who are keeping the movement alive. Continue to learn about how the music is made, from the people who are making it.
Did You Know? The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day. This year Osaka, Japan has been selected to serve as the 2014 Global Host City. The celebration will kick off with a daylong series of jazz education programs, roundtable discussions, master classes, and an All-Star Global Concert and more conducted by world-renowned jazz musicians and educators at the Osaka School of Music.
For more information visit: http://jazzday.com/
Who is your favorite jazz musician?