Feet were tapping and heads were bobbing at the Norwalk Public Library Monday evening in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.
"It's an institution. It's an American art form that we gave to the rest of the world." "I think it's so important to appreciate a great sound."
Mayor Moccia issued a proclamation declaring April as Jazz Appreciation Month in Norwalk. Norwalk’s participation in Jazz Appreciation Month was started by Mayor Moccia, who is a participant in the U.S. Conference of Mayors. the Conference of Mayors has joined in an effort to draw greater public attention to the heritage and history of jazz and its importance in American culture.
"Whereas jazz as 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 artist and ranks as one of America's greatest exports to the world."
Local jazz musician Jim Clark accompanied by a piano, drums and bass performed a small concert as part of the celebration.
"It's a time for us to put the spotlight on jazz, which is a uniquely American art form. We can to celebrate that and promote it and continue to have new people exposed to jazz and appreciate it" Clark said.
"Jazz is a musical conversation, and it's a spontaneous musical conversation, so to me that's one reason why it's always fun."