April 30 is International Jazz Day, with events and concerts being held throughout the world. It also marks the end of Jazz Appreciation Month in the United States. Sponsored by the National Museum of American History, it's designed to stimulate and encourage people to participate, study and listen to a genre of music that is uniquely American. Jazz has a storied place in Voice of America's 75-year history. For 40 years, millions of people worldwide listened to VOA's Jazz Hour with Willis Conover. During the Cold War, Conover's programs created a connection to the United States for millions of people living behind the Iron Curtain. Earlier this past week, Voice of America hosted The Frankie Addison Quintet to mark Jazz Appreciation Month and VOA's part in keeping the free form music genre alive. Enjoy the music.
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