Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to Head New Jazz Caucus, Presents New Preservation Bill

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n my opinion, nobody can deny that American politics over the last 2 years has reached a new low. Yet there is some light in these dark times. Recently Billboard Magazine reported that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D–Texas) announced she would be chairing the newly established Congressional Jazz Caucus in the House of Representatives. At the Dec. 13 press conference, Jackson Lee was joined by Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation executive director Herb Scott and board chair Aaron Myers, Grammy-winning bassist Ben Williams and DC Jazz Festival artistic director Willard Jenkins.

Billboard: Under this new capacity, Jackson Lee introduced a new House Resolution (HR 4626): The National Jazz Preservation, Education and Promulgation Act of 2017 on Dec. 12, in order to “preserve knowledge and promote education about jazz in the United States and abroad.”

It would authorize $2 million for each fiscal year from 2018-2020 for the purpose of preserving the history and importance of jazz music. The funding would go towards audio and video interviews with leading jazz artists, acquiring and preserving jazz artifacts, continuing to recognize Jazz Appreciation Month each April, establish jazz archival collections with a swath of different organizations, produce jazz concerts and more.

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Last modified: July 15, 2018