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. "Jazz is a truly American style of music that has played an important role in our heritage," said Brent D. Glass, director of the museum. "Through the Smithsonian's 2011 Jazz Appreciation Month activities, we will highlight jazz with a focus on women's contributions to better understand the American experience."
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