Groove out this July with some jazzy custom pins!

In July 2001 the Smithsonian, along with the help of Quincy Jones announced the Jazz Appreciation Month initiative at a press conference. That following April (2002) the first JAM was launched with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra performing a weekend of concerts. There were also lectures, education offerings, and an exhibition.

The Smithsonian operates the world’s most comprehensive set of Jazz programs. It collects Jazz artifacts, documents, recordings, and oral histories. The museum also curates exhibitions and traveling exhibitions, operates its own big band, publishes books and recordings on jazz and offers fellowships for research in its collection. Launching JAM was a natural outcropping of the Smithsonian’s efforts to remain a leader in the Jazz world.

“Jazz is a truly American style of music that has played an important role in our heritage,” said Brent D. Glass, museum director. To that end, the Smithsonian encourages educational programs, corporations, associations, clubs, musical special interest groups and federal organization to host and organize programs throughout the month of April that celebrates and raises awareness of Jazz. All participants are given permission to use the JAM logo in any promotional manner they choose.

Idyllwild Arts Jazz in the Pines Festival 2010 lapel pins

Here in Idyllwild, we are lucky to have the yearly Jazz Festival that has become world renown. The Idyllwild Jazz In The Pines Festival features performances by world-class musicians. A fundraising event, the proceeds from the festival serve to bolster scholarship funds for Idyllwild Arts Academy. This year, the festival will take place August 28-29, 2010. And although it won’t be happening in the month of April, we at Monterey Company are excited about donating 1000 lapel pins to the festival itself, to help promote Jazz.

Its safe to say that we are celebrating Jazz all year long, and perhaps we will see you this upcoming August at the Idyllwild Jazz Festival! If you do, feel free to hang out with the Monterey team. We’re a lively bunch!