Throughout the month of April, we celebrate a style of music that emerged in many parts of the United States linked by the common bonds of African American and European American musical parentage. Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) celebrates the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance to American culture.
Instruments that were part of jazz ensembles included Double bass, drums, clarinet, trombone, guitar, piano, saxophone, trumpet, vocals, vibraphone, Hammond organ, and bass. This music form makes heavy use of improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation and the swung note. The birth of jazz in the multicultural society of America has led intellectuals from around the world to hail Jazz as “one of America’s original art forms.”