• More
  • About Us
eyJsYW5kc2NhcGUiOiJNIn0=

    April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

    Launched in 2002 by the National Museum of American History, a division of the Smithsonian Institute, Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates the first all-American art form.  Jazz descended from a mix of cultural styles brought over through the slave trade.

    Its roots grew amongst African slaves in the southern United States.  After the Civil War, free blacks developed their cultural music with its distinct rhythms and free expression into the style of music we know today.  Jazz would go on to inspire an explosion of musical styles from big-band swing to rock and roll and beyond.

    Now, we celebrate the indispensable impact of jazz music on our American society.  From the start of the month to International Jazz Day on April 30th, groups across the nation are putting on a myriad of events to celebrate.  The Smithsonian is offering free posters to help schools and music directors promote the celebration.  This year’s poster features Billy Strayhorn, legendary member of Duke Ellington’s band.

    J.W. Pepper is celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with master class clips from two of the biggest names in jazz today.  Earlier in the year, we hosted guitarist Pat Martino and trumpeter Roger Ingram.  They both spoke to and played for captivated audiences, teaching technique and talking about their musical journeys.  Stay tuned for videos from both the classes and the one-on one-interviews.

     

    Save

    Brendan Lyons
    Brendan started at Pepper in 2012 and currently works in the Marketing department as a copywriter. A graduate of Villanova University, Brendan has been a musician for over twenty years. He is also an author, using his talents at Pepper to bring the knowledge of our experienced staff to our customers.

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Featured Posts

    Share this post

    LATEST POSTS

    Getting Published: A Composer Forum, Part III

    One of the most exciting moments for a composer can be when they first receive word a piece they’ve written will be...

    How Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Impacted Music Education

    It’s said the first thing Fred Rogers did when he returned home from emergency surgery for stomach cancer was go straight to...

    The Inside Voice: An Interview with Bob Chilcott

    Arranger, composer, conductor, and performer – Bob Chilcott has played every part of the musical process. His choir music is sung around...

    The Surprising Role Catalogs Have Played Throughout History

    Benjamin Franklin is credited with creating the first mail-order catalog in the United States. Before the internet,...

    From Wacky to Serious: The Many Sides of Composer Mark Burrows

    Duct tape, angry piñatas, healing, determination – all of these diverse topics and more are covered by choral composer Mark Burrows in...