April 2002 was the first Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) celebrated. In 2003, Congress passed Public Law 108-72 (SEC. 6) to commend the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History for establishing April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and honoring "jazz as one of the greatest cultural exports of the United States." Since then, governors of several states have issued annual proclamations declaring April to be Jazz Appreciation Month in their states.
Similarly, the United States Council of Mayors, at their 81st Annual Meeting in June 2013, joined other organizations in resolving to celebrate the month of April as Jazz Appreciation Month and to designate April 30, 2014 as International Jazz Day.
In honor of this annual event, Library Services has dedicated a page of the Music Subject Guide to jazz. Click on the Jazz tab
--to link to videos from the Films on Demand streaming media collection
--to access a selection of print and e-book titles in ACC libraries
--to explore links to resources.
Not a jazz fan? Resources on the Jazz page may encourage you learn more about the art form the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has tagged, "Born in America. Enjoyed worldwide." Its importance as an American institution led the U.S. Postal Service to issue a Jazz Appreciation Forever Stamp in 2011. Learn more about Paul Rogers and the stamp design.
The Music Subject Guide can be found at: http://researchguides.austincc.edu/music
Take a look at the Jazz page and let us know what you think.