April is National Jazz Appreciation Month and Dallas is doing its part by creating D'JAM. Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month coincides with the Smithsonian's national effort to educate and draw attention to our American cultural heritage by promoting jazz education, music and jazz appreciation. After all, jazz is,America's own unique art form.
In 2003 the U.S Congress passed legislation signed by the President; Public Law 108-72, declaring: “ (1) the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History should be commended for establishing a Jazz Appreciation Month; and (2) 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.”
There is a misconception that jazz in Dallas and the metroplex does not exist. Dallas and the jazz community are responding in kind for April 2012. With the help of many jazz supporters, educators and presenters D’JAM (Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month) was created. From April 1st – 30th, an extensive series of events are being presented to the public from; non- profit arts groups and organizations to jazz clubs, restaurants, festivals, universities, churches and cultural centers. The public is invited to view many of these events on the KERA Art & Seek website calendar being updated frequently. This is a wonderful starting point to explore the many jazz events happening around the city. From the Sammons Center for the Arts Jazz & Cabaret series, the Dallas Museum of Art's weekly Jazz In The Atrium, Denton's Art and Jazz Festival, Dallas Jazz Piano Society, Sandaga Jazz and many more venues, there is something for everyone.
As a kick off, the organizers of D’JAM have invited jazz musicians and artists from the area to gather together and participate in a recreation of Art Kane’s famous 1958 photograph “ Great Day In Harlem" featuring many jazz greats in the original photo. What a wonderful salute to Dallas' talented jazz artists.