WHEREAS, jazz is an original American art form that affirms the noblest aspirations of our national character, individual discipline, perseverance, and innovation; and
WHEREAS, Jazz has produced some of America’s leading creative artists and ranks as one of America’s greatest exports to the world; and
WHEREAS, jazz has inspired dancers, choreographers, poets, novelists, filmmakers, classical composers, and musicians in many other kinds of music; and
WHEREAS, The United States Conference of Mayors members participated in Jazz Appreciation Month this past April; and
WHEREAS, jazz has spoken eloquently of freedom for people in the United States and abroad, and has become an international language that bridges differences and brings people of all races, ages, and backgrounds together; and
WHEREAS, we honor and recognize the outstanding work that all jazz artists, educators, and enthusiasts present; and
WHEREAS, the month of April 2009 has been designated as Jazz Appreciation Month, and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors urges mayors to build partnerships with their local jazz society and other members of the arts and music community in their cities to proclaim, to participate in, and to celebrate the month of April as Jazz Appreciation Month.