Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month and Duke Ellington on His 125th Birthday

Appreciate Jazz This Month: The True American Art Form Of Music

Jazz lovers around the world are gearing up to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) this April, an annual event created in 2001 to honor the rich heritage and history of jazz music. From concerts to educational programs, JAM aims to inspire people of all ages to engage with jazz in various forms, from listening to recordings to attending live performances.

This year, Jazz Appreciation Month holds special significance as it coincides with the 125th birthday of one of jazz’s most iconic figures, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. Born on April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C., Duke Ellington’s musical genius left an indelible mark on the jazz landscape.

From an early age, Ellington was immersed in music, thanks to his parents, Daisy and James Edward Ellington, both accomplished pianists. Their influence, coupled with private piano lessons, laid the foundation for Ellington’s remarkable career as a pianist and composer.

Throughout his lifetime, Ellington composed an extensive repertoire of dynamic and innovative music that transcended traditional boundaries. His compositions were renowned for their vivid imagery and emotional depth, reflecting his unique perspective on everyday life.

One of Ellington’s distinctive qualities was his unconventional orchestration technique, which allowed him to harness the individual talents of his orchestra members to create groundbreaking musical works. His ability to blend various musical elements seamlessly earned him widespread acclaim and solidified his legacy as one of the greatest jazz musicians of the twentieth century.

As we commemorate Jazz Appreciation Month and honor the legacy of Duke Ellington, jazz enthusiasts are invited to join JazzBuffalo for a series of special concerts throughout April. You will find these concerts listed below with links to more details and tickets.

Join us in paying tribute to Duke Ellington and celebrating the vibrant art form of jazz during Jazz Appreciation Month 2024. Let’s keep the spirit of jazz alive and thriving for generations to come!

Special Events In April!

Friday, April 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Art of Jazz l Rodney Whitaker “Oasis: The Music of Gregg Hill”

Buffalo AKG Art Museum Buffalo, NY, United States

Prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary musical talents of multiple Grammy® Nominated bassist Rodney Whitaker and his quintet of jazz superstars as they present the mesmerizing music of jazz composer…

Sunday, April 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“El arte Del Bolero” featuring Miquel Zenón and Luis Podermo

Canterbury Woods Performing Arts Center 706 Renaissance Drive, Williamsville, United States

Bolero and Jazz Unite in a Night of Musical Brilliance and Beauty Sunday, April 21, 7:30 pm JazzBuffalo is pleased to present Grammy® Winners Miguel Zenón and Luis Podermo coming…

Wednesday, April 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Art Meets Jazz at Beebe’s at the Gallery and the Hunt Art Gallery

Beebe’ at the Gallery 403 Main Street, Buffalo, United States

Experience the harmonious blending of ‘Art Meets Jazz’ at Beebe’s at the Gallery and the C. Stuart and Jane H. Hunt Gallery — an exceptional and one-of-a-kind event. Treat yourself…

Saturday, April 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Raul Midón: An Intimate Solo Concert Experience

Pausa Art House 19 Wadsworth Street, Buffalo, NY, United States

JazzBuffalo and Pausa Art House Present: Experience the Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, and 2-time Grammy-Nominated Raul Midón in a One-of-a-Kind Intimate Solo Live Performance “ …a one-man band who turns a…

Tuesday, April 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

International Jazz Day Celebration at Seneca One

Seneca One Tower 1 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY, United States

Join us for a community celebration of International Jazz Day featuring “Straight Ahead with My Cousin Toné”! This electrifying event is free to the public and promises an evening of…

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