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April, 2019 is… Jazz Appreciation Month

April, 2019 is… Jazz Appreciation Month


“There are only two things: love, all sorts of love, with pretty girls, and the music of New Orleans or Duke Ellington. Everything else ought to go, because everything else is ugly. ” 
― Boris Vian. A French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. 


Set up in 2001, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) sets out to promote jazz both as a historical and a contemporary art form. If you really want to live it up and can get there Washington D.C is JAM’s main home with an extensive program of events, however, it’s celebrated in 40 nations, and every state of the USA, so wherever you are there should be something exciting to do.

During JAM, schools, concert halls and libraries are encouraged to host events to get local areas interested. If nothing’s going on in your area there are still plenty of ways to get involved, perhaps watch some webcasts to get clued up on jazz’s cultural history, tune in to a jazz radio station or buy some new CDs and have a party with your friends. Jazz is a celebration of freedom and creativity so parties and dancing are positively encouraged!



JOKES FOR MUSICIANS:  12 MOST FAVORITE MUSICAL JOKES

Want to hear the joke about a staccato? Never mind, it’s too short. Want to hear the one about fermata? Wait, it’s too long.


 Don’t let you kids watch symphonies on TV. There’s too much sax and violins.


Why did Mozart kill his chickens? Because they ran around screaming “Bach! Bach! Bach!”


Hold me… I’m a fermata. Really? This again?



Middle C, E-flat and G walk into a bar. “Sorry,” the bartender says to the E-flat,” we don’t serve minors here.”


How are trumpets like pirates? They both murder in the high C’s.


What do you get when you throw a piano down a mine shaft? A-flat minor!


What’s the difference between a piano and a fish? You can’t tuna fish!


How do you fix a broken tuba? With a tuba glue.


C-sharp when you cross the street… or you’re going to B-flat.


Why was the music theorist drunk? He tried to use a fifth with his tonic.



A percussionist, tired of being teased by her bandmates, decides to switch instruments. She walks into the local music shop, points to her choices and says, “I’ll take that trumpet and that accordion.” The shop assistant looks at her for a second and replies, “OK, you can take the fire extinguisher, but the radiator’s not for sale.”


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