Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Jazz, called “America’s classical music”, was born on the streets of New Orleans in the early 20th century; and

Whereas Jazz was born out of a combination of other styles of music, including ragtime, marches, and blues, and is based on improvisation by the musicians, who place high value on developing their own sound; and

Whereas Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday were pioneers in this genre, providing stunning instrumental and vocal performances for generations of people to enjoy; and

Whereas Jazz, one of America’s most treasured exports, is an international language, bridging races, cultures, and continents to bring people together in celebration of life and music; and

Whereas Massachusetts has one of the nation’s richest jazz traditions, and legendary Massachusetts natives such as Chick Corea, Phil Woods, Roy Haynes, Sonny Stitt, Jaki Byard, and Johnny Hodges have inspired         
            generations of performers and listeners all over the world; and

Whereas Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has initiated MassJazz, a year round marketing effort that promotes the state’s vibrant jazz scene – including festivals, concerts, clubs, brunches, campus events and ongoing jazz activities - to the convention and visitors industry; and

Whereas This year marks the 6th anniversary of Jazz Week ‘12, a celebration of jazz music throughout the Greater Boston area that is coordinated and promoted by the non-profit organization JazzBoston and takes place from April 27 to May 6; and

Whereas It is appropriate for Massachusetts citizens to recognize the many great jazz artists throughout our state for their contributions to the music,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 2012, to be,

Jazz Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this nineteenth day of April, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

His Excellency                  

His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick                    
Governor of Massachusetts

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth 

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts