April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is a time to celebrate the unique qualities of America’s art form, the talents of jazz legends, the joy music can bring to its audiences, and whatever jazz means to you. JAM culminates with International Jazz Day on April 30 featuring an exciting line-up of jazz all-stars from around the globe celebrating in style at an outdoors concert in Osaka, Japan.
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Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr. to Headline NBA All-Star Weekend Show
Publication: Jazz Times
Author: Jeff Tamarkin
Branford Marsalis (pictured), Harry Connick Jr. and several other top New Orleans-based musicians are slated to perform during the NBA All-Star weekend, Feb. 15-17. Being billed as the first major event to commit to New Orleans post-Katrina, the programs will also feature Dr. John, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Ellis Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, the Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Allen Toussaint, Amanda Shaw, Jonathan Baptiste, Davell Crawford, Stephanie Jordan and Christian Scott. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl last week, will sing the title track “Tattoo” from her self-titled debut album. Performances on all three nights will air live on TNT (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
”New Orleans is a vibrant music Mecca and I’m proud to call this great city my home,” said Connick. “Branford and I are truly grateful to the NBA for its commitment to put New Orleans and our extraordinary musicians on a global stage for the whole world to see.”