April is Jazz Appreciation Month

April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
JassWhirl - Post Office Box 1424 – North Riverside, IL 60546
North Riverside, IL – March 7, 2012 –

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! Designated by the U.S. Smithsonian Institution since 2002, jazz musicians and fans celebrate America’s jazz legacy and future especially during the month of April! In August 2003, the U.S. President signed Public Law 108-72 which includes language strongly endorsing jazz and urging “musicians, schools, colleges, libraries, concert halls, museums, radio and television stations, and other organizations should develop programs to explore, perpetuate, and honor jazz as a national and world treasure.”

Chicago jazz vocalist Toscanellie “Lady T” Marcelain has been an avid supporter and presenter for Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) since 2002. Putting together live jazz performances, workshops and published listings all around the Chicagoland area, as well as sharing Smithsonian JAM materials. She has submitted events, recordings and publications to the Smithsonian Institution for JAM archiving.

Frank Sinatra is the entertainer featured on the 2012 JAM poster for this April's global celebration. The poster artist is LeRoy Neiman who also did the JAM posters of Duke Ellington (2006, Louis Armstrong (2007) and Dave Brubeck (2010).

As part of Jazz Appreciation Month this year, Toscanellie will present a live jazz performance from 8 P.M. to 11 P.M. on Monday, April 23, 2012 at Chicago’s famed Jazz Showcase with Jim Pierce on guitar, Ben Paterson on piano, Dan Delorenzo on bass and Mike Schlick on drums.

This group has been working together for several years. Jim Pierce has been a favored jazz guitarist since he moved on from R&B, and consistently gains ground in the jazz community. Ben Paterson swings on piano and organ - equally adept on both instruments - with great melodic improvisation and groove! Dan Delorenzo adds a masterful and artfully mellow bass. And, Mike Schlick’s expressively rhythmic beat really tops off the performance whether subtle or prominent.

Toscanellie complements the hottest years of vocal jazz with a remarkably personal kinship to the music and lyrics. Known to her international listeners as the “American lady with a lot of jazz to give” every performance is an enlightening and entertaining tribute to the preservation and perpetuation of America’s music, America’s history and America’s culture. Together, this quintet gives a very tasteful performance that enhances a jazz listening experience for any audience.

The Jazz Showcase is located at 806 S. Plymouth Court (Dearborn Station), Chicago, 60605. Telephone 312-360-0234. [email protected] Cover for this event is $10. Reservations recommended.

Celebrate America's jazz! Create an event, participate in an event or attend an event especially during the month of April.

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