For the twelfth consecutive year, April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) presented by the Smithsonian. The Spirit and Rhythms of Jazz is the 2013 theme highlighting the music, cultural history, performances, stories, programs and productions.
JAM and UNESCO’s International Jazz Day on April 30 provide rich platforms for people to explore principles and creativity of jazz by studying music, attending live performances in the community, conversing and learning more about this great American art form.
There are many ways that you can appreciate jazz month including:
- Go out and see jazz live! April is a great month in Portland with lots of music all around town and interesting venues to explore. April 10 – 21 is the Soul’d Out Music Festival or check out the Jazz Society of Oregon’s day-by-day calendar for a list of local and touring acts.
- Support your local independent record stores by buying music. Jazz sounds great on vinyl on a rainy day while you plug away at that novel you’ve been meaning to read for awhile.
- Learn about jazz by visiting your local library. There’s lots of engaging books and documentaries about jazz music to enjoy.
- Listen to KMHD all month long as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with guest appearances, commentary, and of course, lots of music!
To learn more about JAM visit the Smithsonian’s page here.
Here’s some concerts from KMHD to check out:
April 3 – Mel Brown Quartet feat. Chuck Redd @ Jimmy Mak’s
April 3 – Joel Harrison’s Spirit House feat. Brian Blande & Blue Cranes @ Mississippi Studios
April 12 – East Meets West Meets East V: Lew Soloff w/ Peter Bow and Trio East @ Jimmy Mak’s
April 14 – Booker T. Jones & Charlie Hunter w/ Carlton Jackson @ Dante’s
April 16 – Piano Jazz Night w/ Weber Iago @ Ivorie’s Jazz Lounge
April 17 – Burton Greene @ Camillia Lounge
April 18 – Medeski, Martin & Wood – Roseland
April 18 – Jazz Society of Oregon Honoring Shirley Nanette
April 19 – Burton Greene @ Piano Fort
April 20 – Ezra Weiss Sextet @ Ivorie’s Jazz Lounge
April 21 – Dr. Lonnie Smith – Star Theater
April 22 – A Benefit for the American Music Program w/Thara Memory @ Jimmy Mak’s
April 26 – The Shanghai Woolies w/ Reggie Houston and Janice Scroggins @ Jimmy Mak’s
April 28 – The Bad Plus – PDX Jazz at the Mission @ The Mission Theater
Every Sunday Night Pelican Brewing Presents: Jazz @ the Blue Monk
Every Tuesday in April: Artists in Residence: Superjazzers @ Shaker and Vine
And to add one more thing to the month of April, it’s also Public Radio Music Month