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Monday, April 04, 2016

Jazz Appreciation Month

According to T. S. Eliot, "April is the cruellest month." But, to jazz fans, April is the COOLEST month. It's Jazz Appreciation Month and the Smithsonian invites you to celebrate. International Jazz Day is April 30--a great way to wind up the month-long festivities.

Louis Armstrong once said, "If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know." We refuse to accept that statement because people can be educated! If you have missed appreciating the music that has its roots in America, what better time to learn more about the genre than April. Here are a few books to get you started:

Brasch, Nicolas. Jazz and Blues. [J 781.65 BRA]

Collier, James Lincoln. Benny Goodman and the Swing Era. [781.6 COL]

Myers, Walter Dean. Jazz. [JP MYE]

The Oxford Companion to Jazz. [781.65 OXF]

Ward, Geoffrey C. Jazz: A History of America's Music. [781.65 WAR]

Probably the best way to learn about jazz is simply to listen. We have several hundred jazz CDs in our CD JAZZ collection. Other jazz CDs may also be found under CD BIG BAND, CD FEMALE VOCALIST, or CD MALE VOCALIST.

If you have the time, and a computer or device, you can take a free jazz appreciation course such as one offered by the University of Texas at Austin.

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