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Smithsonian Announces Jazz Appreciation Month

On Fri. July 20, the Smithsonian will formally announce Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Legendary producer and musician Quincy Jones (pictured left) will be on hand as a special guest.

The Smithsonian plans to celebrate JAM in April, 2002. The month-long celebration will include concerts, programs and exhibits celebrating jazz. The museum will also encourage schools, concert halls, public broadcasters and libraries to celebrate the jazz with their own events that month.

The museum partnered with several organizations to create JAM, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Education, the Music Educators National Conference, the International Association of Jazz Educators and the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation.

The National Museum of American History already houses a large collection of jazz-related items, including more than 100 oral histories, 100,000 pages of Duke Ellington’s music, Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and Fitzgerald’s signature red dress.

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