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

Whereas Jazz is recognized in the United States and around the world as an original and distinctive American art form; and

Whereas Jazz has become one of America’s most treasured exports, connecting races, cultures and continents while bringing people together in celebration of music and life; and

Whereas Massachusetts has a rich jazz heritage, producing legendary musicians such as Chick Corea, Phil Woods, Roy Haynes, Terri Lyne Carrington, Sonny Stitt, Jaki Byard, Harry Carney and Johnny Hodges, who    have inspired generations of performers and listeners throughout the world; and

Whereas The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has initiated MassJazz, a year-round marketing effort to promote the state’s vibrant jazz scene – including festivals, concerts, clubs, brunches, campus events and community-based jazz activities – to the tourism industry; and

Whereas This year marks the 8th anniversary of Jazz Week, a celebration of jazz music throughout the Greater Boston area that is organized and promoted by the non-profit group JazzBoston and takes place April 25th to May 4th; and

Whereas It is appropriate for Massachusetts citizens to celebrate and appreciate the vibrant jazz scene throughout the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April, 2014, 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 twenty-second day of April, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts