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“April is National Jazz Appreciation Month and we are ready to once again get Chattanooga into the swing of celebrating and bring a deeper appreciation of one of our city’s greatest cultural achievement—jazz,” says Shane Morrow, co-founder of Jazzanooga, the annual jazz festival.
“This is our third year organizing Jazzanooga and the synergy from it is definitely building,” Morrow adds. “Chattanooga’s role in the history of Jazz shouldn’t be understated.”
Jazzanooga was established in late 2009 to spearhead the city’s celebration efforts by collaborating with local jazz musicians and vocalists, presenters, club and business owners, schools and nonprofit organizations to promote and support Chattanooga’s rich jazz tradition and assets.
Jazz Appreciation Month is a project of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and this year marks the 12th anniversary of the national celebration.
A complete schedule and detailed information of performances can be found at jazzanooga.com.
Highlights of the month include:
- April 5: Jazzanooga at Mocha Restaurant and Music Lounge, 5 .p.m-midnight
- April 7: Jazz On The Bluff (free), 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- April 9: Jazz Performance for American Poet Ishmael Reed, 7-9 p.m
- April 14: Sweet Sounds of Jazz, 2-5 p.m.
- April 17: Jazz at Water House Pavilion (free), noon-2 p.m.
- April 19: Latin Jazz Sessions, 6-9 p.m.
- April 20: Jazz Movie Series: “Chops” (free screening), 2- 4 p.m.; Jazz at Ross’s Landing (free), 4-5 p.m.