April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), which the Smithsonian Institute established in 2002 to recognize the rich history of jazz in the United States.
The Smithsonian has an exciting approach to jazz for 2016. It’s commemorating Benny Carter’s legacy as a jazz musician and bandleader. Benny Carter is known as “the King of Jazz.” Starting in the year 2000, he began donating many of his musical scores, which comprise a priceless collection, to the museum. In addition to his musicianship, the Smithsonian is highlighting the role of democracy in his life’s work.
Throughout April, the Smithsonian is putting on jazz concerts that are free to attend. Here are just a few to consider:
- April 9 – Percussion and the African Diaspora led by educator and musician Dante Pope.
- April 21 – The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble
- April 18 -The George Washington University Latin Jazz Band
The museum also has wonderful jazz displays you can visit, such as “Frank Sinatra at 100,” “Ray Charles ‘The Genius’ and “Duke Ellington’s Wurlitzer electric piano.”
Immerse yourself in a month of jazz and discover what’s going on at the Smithsonian. This is a great outing for group travel. By chartering a minibus or limo with a group of friends, you can avoid city traffic, parking hassles and similar stresses. Let a professional do the driving, so you can get out and have fun. Also support the greenest form of transportation on the planet — charter buses.
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