And All That Jazz JAM in Bel Air
Jazz Appreciation Month is celebrated annually in April, and we have some ideas about how residents of The Park at Winters Run in Bel Air, MD can be a part of this wonderful celebration of what has been called “America’s classical music.” In fact, “the birth of Jazz in the multicultural society of America has led intellectuals from around the world to hail Jazz as ‘one of America's original art forms.”
Jazz may be a bit difficult to define, as it is made up of so many different influences, but when you hear it, you know it’s jazz. Traditionally, jazz musicians used improvisation to create the unique sound that had its beginnings in early 20th century New Orleans. Performers took turns playing the melody, while others improvised countermelodies. Jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie were all masters at improvisation, which continues to be one of the few definitive features of jazz music.
From speakeasies to respectability, jazz has come a long way. Ahmad Alaadeen said, “Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.”
We agree with that! JAM is a good way to get the word out and share the amazing adventure that is jazz. We’ve rounded up some ideas about ways to celebrate jazz:
— Attend a jazz concert at a local concert hall, performing arts organization, church, school, college, or jazz society.
— Follow your favorite musicians or groups on social media.
— Share your favorite music, musicians, or new finds with friends and peers.
— Read a biography about one of your favorite jazz musicians or another book about jazz.
— Watch a jazz documentary, film, or performance.
And our favorite idea: Hold a jazz-themed party at your Bel Air apartment in honor of a favorite musician or to celebrate jazz. Reserve the game room, dress to the nines, and get down with some smooth jazz. Let us know how you decide to celebrate JAM this April!