Wheatley legislation recognizing April 2018 as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania adopted by state House

HARRISBURG, April 30 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today announced that a resolution designating April 2018 as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania has been adopted by the state House.

“It’s hard to deny the lasting impression jazz music has left on American culture,” Wheatley said. “Jazz is uniquely American, and Pennsylvania has played a major role in its development and progression.”

Many associate jazz music with the likes of New Orleans, but Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, as well as many other cities, towns and boroughs across the commonwealth have played an integral role in the evolution of jazz culture, Wheatley noted.

In fact, two Pennsylvanians, Kenny Clark and John Coltrane, were instrumental in bringing about the “bebop” revolution that took the music world by storm in the mid-20th century, Wheatley noted.

“Without the commonwealth, I find it hard to believe jazz music would have evolved in to the national phenomenon it has become, and it is for these reasons that I’m grateful House Resolution 859 was unanimously adopted by the state House and has designated April 2018 as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania.”