JAM launch event

Jen Krupa-Leigh Pilzer Quintet plays for the opening of Jazz Appreciation Month, featuring Jen Krupa on trombone, Leigh Pilzer on saxophone, Janelle Gill on piano, Amy Shook on bass, and Isabelle DeLeon on drums. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History marked the 10th annual Jazz Appreciation Month in April 2011 with a month-long celebration of jazz featuring performances, talks, tours and family-oriented events. This year’s 10th anniversary programming examined the legacies of women in jazz and kicked off with a special donation ceremony related to the nation’s first, integrated, female big band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, founded in 1937 at the Piney Woods School, in Mississippi.

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