JazzApril 2015: FAQs

Here are some answers to the questions we're asked most about JazzApril.  It's time to celebrate-- and participate.

What IS JazzApril?

It's a shorthand way to say "April is Jazz Month" and to tie together the Smithsonian's annual celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in April and International Jazz Day on April 30. The Jazz Journalists Association began its JazzApril project in 2012 to celebrate and promote both JAM and IJD. As part of that project, the JJA works with members of LOCAL jazz communities to:

  • raise the profile of jazz in the media, especially local media
  • reach out to people who aren't already part of the jazz audience and share the music and its history
  • strengthen local, national and international jazz NETWORKS
  • give some props to the people who keep jazz alive locally via the JJA's Jazz Hero awards.
You, yes, you can participate as an individual, or as part of an organization, school, business or media outlet. 

Wait a minute: Why do we need a special month for jazz? I play/listen to/teach about/promote/celebrate jazz all year.

So do we! But we think it can be very effective, once a year, to make a special, united effort to show the world that there are lots of us who play, listen to, teach about, work to further, and care about the music. With the decline of the recording industry, and the shrinkage of record company promotional budgets, it's all too easy for non-jazz media to overlook the ongoing creativity and productivity of  jazz musicians, and to ignore the important contributions of jazz educators, organizations and businesses to local cultural and economic life. In short, we know jazz is alive and well, and we want everyone else to know it, too. 

OK then-- so how can I participate in JazzApril?

Below are some things everyone can do; on other pages of this site you'll find additional ways musicians, educatorsjournalists/media makers, broadcasters and businesses and organizations can participate.

Whoever you are, you can spread the word about JazzApril and about Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day by doing the following:
  • Add the JazzApril ribbon ("Twibbon") to your Facebook and Twitter icon.
  • Use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to tell your friends about your April jazz activities --whether that means performing at or attending a jazz concert, teaching your class about jazz history, or listening to a jazz record you love.  Include #jazzapril or #jazzday and #celebrateJAM and your Tweet will be seen on the Twitter widget on this site.
  • Add JazzApril logos to your website or blog They are available in many sizes and shapes and two color schemes right here.  (You can also get the Jazz Appreciation Month and Jazz Day logos there.) And if you email us the link to the page where you've added the JazzApril logo, we may mention you on our Facebook page. Email jazzapril@jazzjournalists.org
  • Contact your local newspapers, online publications and broadcasters about their jazz coverage. If it's a publication that covers jazz frequently or a station with a jazz program(s), thank them. If it isn't doing such a good job of including jazz, tell them that you are a jazz supporter and you'd like to see more jazz coverage or programming.  Either way, mention that April is Jazz Month and that this would be a good time to do a roundup of local jazz activities.
  • And, of course, you should keep an eye out for local Jazz Appreciation Month, Jazz Day and JazzApril  activities and attend and support them!  Both JAM and IJD have online event calendars, as does Jazz Near You, a year-round worldwide jazz event calendar. If you are organizing an April jazz event, you can get them listed on those calendars. 
Take an extra step to support the music financially during April:
We know your budget is tight-- but if all of us don't support jazz, who will?
  • Go out and hear some live jazz in a local venue.  Take a friend (or two), especially if your friend(s) aren't already jazz fans. Thank the musicians personally for their work.
  • Buy some jazz recordings-- stretch your taste by trying something you haven't heard before or fill out your collection of classics.
  • Make a contribution to a local non-profit jazz organization, broadcaster, blogger, publication or school. Many accept donations on their websites. Tell them it's to celebrate Jazz Month. 

We'll be posting other easy ways for you to participate in JazzApril on the JJA Facebook page and Twitter feed throughout April. Please "like" and "follow" us to get these updates.


COMING SOON: Updates on JazzApril 2015! Please stay tuned.




2014 Jazz Heroes Named in 22 Locales

HAPPY JAZZAPRIL! To kick off this month-long celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Jazz Journalists Association has announced its 2014 Jazz Heroes.

These twenty-four outstanding individuals are "advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities. 


JazzApril 2014: JJA Media Training and Networking Starts Soon

Institutions, groups, businesses, schools  and individuals are invited to participate 



The Jazz Journalists Association is offering a series of FREE ONLINE training and networking sessions in Nov-Dec 2013 to help organizations, media outlets, businesses and individuals make plans for JazzApril 2014 (Jazz Appreciation Month + International Jazz Day) and use their JazzApril participation to:
  • Raise their own profile within the local community and reach new audiences.
  • Use traditional and social media more effectively.
  • Network and work with other local organizations and individuals who are interested in jazz to amplify the efforts of all.

Whether your organization, media outlet or business is large or tiny, jazz-related or not, or you are just one person, whether you are located in a major city or a small town, we invite you to join us and find out how you can take advantage of national and international celebrations of jazz during April to spark new local interest in jazz while building your own audience or client base and strengthening community ties.  

All sessions will be held ONLINE (using Go-to-Meeting and Google Hangouts) and you will be able to participate at your own home or office computer.

Initial online sessions are scheduled for:
Wed Nov 13 |   Tues Nov 19  |  Wed Dec 4
8pm EST
(you should attend all three if possible)

These three online sessions on advanced, professional use of traditional and social media will emphasize both TRAINING and NETWORKING and will help you to:
  • Increase local awareness of JazzApril/JAM/Jazz Day and your own jazz-related events.
  • Build your ongoing social media presence.
  • Reach  local communities that you have not previously reached
  • Make new connections, or strengthen existing connections, with other local institutions, government agencies and individuals involved in jazz and related cultural production
  • "Meet" and share experiences with others who are planning 2014 JazzApril events or have produced them in the past.
You will also be encouraged, and learn how, to participate in the JJA's 2014 Jazz Heroes program as well as our JazzApril Media Network and JazzApril Community Partners.

After the initial training sessions are completed, we will schedule additional online sessions to allow you to network further with others from your own local community. We can also schedule individual phone sessions with JJA staff who can help you finalize your event and media outreach plan

All sessions are free to you and your organization, but we ask that you commit to attending as many online sessions as possible and to actively participating in networking opportunities.

Write us at jazzapril@jazzjournalists.org if you have questions or comments.  

JazzApril 2013 Photos top to bottom: 1. Young players perform with their elders at B-Sharp's Cafe, a hub for the Tallahassee FL jazz community and host for annual Jazz Hero celebrations. 2. MusicVillage, a non-profit music school in South Bend, IN held a special 2013 JazzApril event to introduce local kids (and everyone!) to jazz. 3.In Boston, Arni Cheatham received his 2013 Jazz Hero Award from noted jazz radio host Eric Jackson at a arty at Wally's Jazz Cafe. Photo:Craig Bailey/Perspective 4. Trumpeter Stephanie Richards wrote a special fanfare performed at the 2013 Jazz Day celebration at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York. 5. Nogales, Arizona  Mayor Arturo Garino presented Ken Tittelbaugh with his 2013 Jazz Hero Award at the Charles Mingus Hometown Music FestivalPhoto by Yvonne Ervin