Jazz Appreciation Month

JAM: KUVO Celebrates Lady Ella Fitzgerald

Apr 22, 2017

This year marks 100 years since the birth of Ella Fitzgerald. Following her childhood, Ella Fitzgerald turned to singing and debuted at the Apollo Theater in 1934. Discovered in an amateur contest, she went on to became the top female jazz singer for decades. In 1958, she made history as the first African-American woman to win a Grammy Award. She would go on to win 13 Grammys in total and sell more than 40 million albums.

JAM: Celebrating Charles Mingus

Apr 22, 2017

A jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. His compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop, drawing heavily from black gospel music and blues, while sometimes containing elements of Third Stream, free jazz, and classical music. He once cited Duke Ellington and church as his main influences.

JAM: Celebrating Joe Bonner

Apr 18, 2017

This week on April 20, it's our honor to celebrate the birthday of Joe Bonner on Jazz Appreciation Month! Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Joe studied at Virginia State College, however, he indicated that he learned more from musicians he worked with.


JAM: Erik Troe Features Five Artists

Apr 11, 2017

This week at 4:30pm and 5:30pm on 'Jazz Caravan' host Erik C. Troe will feature five different artists who burned briefly, but brightly in recording careers that spanned under five years.

Ways to Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

Apr 11, 2017

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as "JAM") was created at The National Museum of American History in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.

JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz - to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more. More information can be found HERE.