Board planning to give city taste of Jazz Festival in April

March 20, 2014 • Local News

Randal Seyler
Record Staff Writer

Roswell will be filled with the sound of jazz in October when the Roswell Jazz Festival returns, but the city will also get a taste of jazz in April when the jazz festival board holds a Jazz Appreciation Celebration.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and last year the Roswell Jazz Festival held a jazz appreciation day on April 30.
“The event was held at noon at Reischmann Plaza, and we [auth] had local musicians out to play,” said board member Kathlieen Pittman.
The jazz festival committee members, meeting Wednesday, discussed holding Jazz Appreciation Day again this year at noon on either April 24 or April 25 in Reischmann Plaza, depending on when the venue would be available and what local act could perform.

April was chosen for JAM, now in its 12th year, in recognition of the birthdays of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, and Tito Puente, according to the National Endowment for the Arts website,

Jazz appreciation, however, encompasses so much more than recognition of these iconic artists and it relies upon educators, societies, libraries, museums, and musicians from across the country to promote and teach the unique cultural expression, according to the NEH website.

Roswell Jazz Festival Artistic Director Michael Francis suggested the committee contact some local artists to see who might be available to perform at Jazz Appreciation Day. Local groups Ritmo Latino and the Highland Jazz Group were suggested as possible acts for the event, if the musicians are available.
The committee also discussed the budget for the 2014 Roswell Jazz Festival and discussed changes to the organization’s by-laws.
The committee will meet again at 5:05 p.m. on April 2 to finalize plans for Jazz Appreciation Day.

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