“Jazz April” gets kicked off today

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) .UNESCO, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, has declared April 30 to be International Jazz Day (IJD). The U.S. Conference of Mayors is urging its members to support local efforts to celebrate both JAM and IJD in 2013.
The Jazz Journalists Association’s JazzApril campaign supports both JAM and Jazz Day. The term “JazzApril”to refer to both and to stress that all of “April is Jazz Month.”
Throughout the U.S. and around the world, jazz musicians and supporters are planning special April concerts and events. The month’s activities will reach a crescendo on April 30, when Herbie Hancock and other jazz luminaries perform in a day-long series of Jazz Day concerts live streamed from Istanbul, Turkey.
 Through the Jazz April campaign, the Jazz Journalists Association is supporting these efforts by:

  • encouraging and helping media makers, musicians, venues, businesses and organizations, as well as individual fans and listeners, to use traditional, online and social media as well as other means to spread the word that “April is Jazz Month.”
  • working with local jazz organizations to raise the profile of jazz in their communities by designating and celebrating local “Jazz Heroes” and gaining official local government recognition for Jazz Month activities.
 You can find more information on JazzApril at www.jazzapril.com.

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (981-990)

Here is another 10 to add to the list.

We are getting close! Just a handful of albums left to add. Remember that there is no ranking system here. Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Here, in no particular order, are albums 981 through 990.

981. Caravan – Art Blakey (OJC/Riverside, 1962) CLICK HERE TO BUY

982. Nothing Is – Sun Ra (ESP-Disk, 1966) CLICK HERE TO BUY

983. The Art of the Improvisers – Ornette Coleman (Water Music Records, 1961) CLICK HERE TO BUY

984. Blues Singers and Hot Bands on Okey: 1924-1929 – King Oliver (Frog, 1924-1929 recording dates, 2008 compilation date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

985. Portraiture – Bill Evans (Fuel 2000, 1969 recording date, 2003 release date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

986. Jazz Advance – Cecil Taylor (Blue Note, 1956) CLICK HERE TO BUY

987. God is in the House – Art Tatum (Highnote Records, Inc./High Note, 1940-1941 recording dates, 1973 release date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

988. Rip, Rig and Panic – Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Japanese Import, 1965) CLICK HERE TO BUY

989. In Stockholm 1959 – Benny Goodman (Phontastic, 1959) CLICK HERE TO BUY

990. Jazz Goes to College – Dave Brubeck (Legacy/Sony BMG, 1954) CLICK HERE TO BUY

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Here is another 10 to add to the list.

We are getting close! Just a handful of albums left to add. Remember that there is no ranking system here. Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Here, in no particular order, are albums 971 through 980.

971. The President Plays with the Oscar Peterson Trio – Lester Young (Verve, 1952) CLICK HERE TO BUY

972. Oscar Peterson Plays the Jerome Kern Songbook – Oscar Peterson (Verve, 1954) CLICK HERE TO BUY

973. Songs in a Mellow Mood – Ella Fitzgerald (Universal Distribution, 1955) CLICK HERE TO BUY

974. Candid Dolphy – Eric Dolphy (Candid, 1961) CLICK HERE TO BUY

975. The Hawk in Paris – Coleman Hawkins (RCA, 1956) CLICK HERE TO BUY

976. Playboys – Art Pepper/Chet Baker (Blue Note/Pacific Jazz, 1956) CLICK HERE TO BUY

977. Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet – Sonny Rollins (Original Jazz Classics, 1953) CLICK HERE TO BUY

978. Lionel Hampton Presents Buddy Rich – Lionel Hampton/Buddy Rich (Who’s Who in Jazz, 1977) CLICK HERE TO BUY

979. Olympia Concert – Sidney Bechet (Vogue, 1955) CLICK HERE TO BUY

980. Out of the Cool – Gil Evans (Impulse!, 1960) CLICK HERE TO BUY

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Here is another 10 to add to the list.

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961. One Night in Washington – Dizzy Gillespie (Collectibles, 1955) CLICK HERE TO BUY

962. Road Band – Woody Herman (Membran, 1955) CLICK HERE TO BUY

963. Stay with Me – Billie Holiday (Verve, 1959) CLICK HERE TO BUY

964. Earl’s Pearls – Earl Hines (Unlimited, 1960) CLICK HERE TO BUY

965. Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 – Thelonious Monk (Discovery, 1952) CLICK HERE TO BUY

966. The Joint is Jumpin’ – Fats Waller (Bluebird RCA, 1929-1943 recording dates, 1987 compilations date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

967. Mingus at the Bohemia – Charles Mingus (Original Jazz Classics, 1955) CLICK HERE TO BUY

968. King of the Tenors – Ben Webster (Verve, 1956) CLICK HERE TO BUY

969. Count Basie in London – Count Basie (Verve, 1956) CLICK HERE TO BUY

970. Live: 1939-1941 – Charlie Christian (Jazz Archives (France) 1939-1941 recording dates, 1996 compilation date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

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Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Here, in no particular order, are albums 951 through 960.

951. Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller – Louis Armstrong (Columbia, 1955) CLICK HERE TO BUY

952. Lee-Way – Lee Morgan (APO (Analogue Production Originals), 1960) CLICK HERE TO BUY

953. Piano in the Background – Duke Ellington (Sony Music Distribution, 1960) CLICK HERE TO BUY

954. The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions – Artie Shaw (Bluebird RCA, 1940-1945 recording dates, 1989 compilation date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

955. Walkin’ – Miles Davis (Original Jazz Classics, 1954) CLICK HERE TO BUY

956. The Inner Mounting Flame – John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra (Columbia/Legacy, 1971) CLICK HERE TO BUY

957. Bird and Diz – Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie (Verve/Polygram, 1950 recording dates, 1956 release date) CLICK HERE TO BUY

958. Trombone by Three – Bennie Green/J.J. Johnson/Kai Winding (Original Jazz Classics, 1956) CLICK HERE TO BUY

959. Cattin’ With Coltrane and Quinichette – John Coltrane/Paul Quinichette (Original Jazz Classics, 1957) CLICK HERE TO BUY

960. Boss Guitar – Wes Montgomery (Concord/Concord Music Group/Fantasy/Universal Music, 1963) CLICK HERE TO BUY

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