April was designated Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001 by John Edward Hasse, curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. By 2002, it became an official annual event which celebrates jazz’s heritage and history as well as the current jazz scene that lives on to this day. This year’s theme celebrates women in jazz and this year’s featured musician is Ella Fitzgerald, in honor of her centennial birthday.
I currently work at a local library and suggested we put up a few Jazz Appreciation Month displays for the month of April. As such, I was in charge of creating the displays.