Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month 2014

Posted: 12/20/2013

The official poster for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Jazz Appreciation Month 2014, featured the Joseph Holston screen print “Jazz.” Created and printed in 1990 by Holston, the print is his tribute to American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

Initiated by the Smithsonian in 2001, Jazz Appreciation Month (or JAM) is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure. The idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April.

Holston’s print “Jazz” is one of three of his prints that were included in the traveling exhibition “Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance and the Visual Arts” which opened at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.