Let's celebrate Ella's legacy of songs!
Ella sang everything. Every kind of music.
She started out as a Big Band Singer, hitting the charts with the popular tunes of the thirties and forties.
She sang Jazz from the beginning, using her voice like one of the instruments in the band.
Ella and Louis
Ella was the greatest female interpreter of American Popular Song, winning an awful lot of Grammy Awards for her beloved Songbook albums.
She sang Rock and Roll.
And Country. YES, country!
And Brazilian sambas.
Her songs for children are timeless.
But Ella herself would have told you that singing Jazz was her favorite. So here we go with a brief look at how the Foundation stays involved in the world of Jazz and Jazz/Music education. There are three sections below, we hope you enjoy them all.
Back in 2002, the Smithsonian Institution kicked off the very first Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in Washington DC. We are proud to be the Founding Funder. We
love the idea of spreading the joy of Jazz, America's very own music. Now JAM is celebrated all around the world and the United Nations has designated April 30 as "International Jazz Day". And of course, April 25 is Ella's birthday...
Check back with us in early Spring for tons of ideas on how to join in the JAM fun.
Meanwhile, lots of information can be found at the official Jazz Appreciation Month
JAZZ EDUCATION NETWORK
Ken Kimery (Smithsonian Jazz) and ED Fran Morris Rosman
at the JEN Conference, January 2013.
photo by Ed Berger
Do you teach music? Do your kids learn music? Friends with any music
educators? Then you need to know about our wonderful organization that we have belonged to since its beginning in 2008. JEN is dedicated to
"Building the Arts community by advancing education, promoting
performance and developing new audiences"
Great goals and we are thrilled to offer our support.
Every year, JEN hosts a conference for thousands of music teachers, music
education programs and music lovers. We wouldn’t miss it.
Please keep an eye on our "Now, Save the Dates" page for details.
I took a look the other day, and found that the majority of our grants go to support programs that bring children and music together. And FAMILIES and music, too.
Bet you're not surprised by that. Music really, truly does bring families together, it seems to be a universal language that spans generations. In addition, many studies show that children who learn music do much better in school. No wonder we love the programs
THE VAIL JAZZ FOUNDATION
In beautiful Vail, Colorado
"Jazz Goes to School"
THE NEW YORK POPS
Music programs for all ages throughout the greater New York City area.
CHICAGO JAZZ PHILHARMONIC
Our friends in the Windy City.
THE HARMONY PROJECT
FREE music programs for kids in L.A.
BLUES ALLEY JAZZ SOCIETY
THE SMITHSONIAN JAZZ MASTERWORKS ORCHESTRA
Why not send us an email and tell us about the music education programs in your area?
We'd love to learn about them.