Jazz Appreciation Month
April Is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)
Internet Jazz Archive
The Internet Jazz Archive houses a collection of jazz videos, primarily YouTube videos.
Videos are arranged by instrument and ensemble. Special sections are provided for Big band/Swing, Afro-Cuban/Latin Jazz and Bossa Nova. The site includes documentary/interview videos and festivals and venue videos. Users can search for individual artists and can sort videos by date and artist.
The site has a couple peculiarities: artists are alphabetized by first name and not all the “videos” are, in fact, videos. A good number are audios with static album cover images, which is not uncommon with YouTube music videos.
Smithsonian Jazz has fun resources for the classroom. Explore the music and career of a great big band leader with the Duke Ellington Activities for Kids. A grade level is not prescribed, but the lessons appear to be adaptable. Make a musical instrument, experiment with rhythm and mood, and check out an Ellington performance from the 30s.
The Louis Armstrong Education Kit (grades 5-12) is an 88-page curriculum with introductory essays, time lines of Louis Armstrong's life, lesson plans, and audio, and more.
And don’t miss Jazz Class where you can listen to jazz stories and music. Two sections of Groovin’ to Jazz are leveled for students in grades 3-7 and 6-8.
Download the JAM 2012 poster or order printed copies – all free (while supplies last). It features Lionel Hampton on vibes. You can download past JAM posters as well.
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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, the coolest month or maybe the hottest depending on your Jazz preference. Here are some cross-curricular lessons and activities resources to help students explore our national art form.