A song can evoke, inspire, express. It has the power to renew, change our heart rate, even heal. Songs are used to teach, whether as part of history, a tool to memorize a concept, or in developing life skills like confidence, perseverance and teamwork. It can both energize or calm. A song can move us to tears and it can move us to act. Music has the power to unite us. Music has power.
Across this past month, Jazz Appreciation Month 2022, in a variety of ways, we have asked you – students, musicians, educators, donors, program attendees – what jazz means in your life. You responded with hundreds of descriptors. Here is some of what you told us.