DOVER, N.J., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio America, Inc. is encouraging musicians and consumers worldwide to join in the celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, culminating with International Jazz Day on Sunday, April 30th. Jazz Appreciation Month, also known as JAM, is intended to encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz. Whether attending a concert, listening to recordings of the greats, or studying jazz music, Jazz Appreciation Month serves as the time of year when the rich history and cultural impact of the music genre can be fully celebrated. For 2017, the celebration focuses on "Women in Jazz", as it is the centennial of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald's birth. In addition to talented vocalists, female musicians, composers, arrangers, and beyond are being celebrated for their positive contributions to both its history and future.
"Many of today's musicians count jazz as an influence to their musical works, and Jazz Appreciation Month is the perfect time to acknowledge the strong impact jazz music has made across all genres," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio's Electronic Musical Instrument Division. "As a major manufacturer of digital pianos and keyboards, we acknowledge jazz music's heritage and hope people everywhere will join the JAM celebration by listening to jazz standards, attending a concert or learning to play in their own homes."
Casio's extensive portfolio of digital pianos offers a variety of options to entice musicians of any skill level to join in the Jazz Appreciation Month festivities. For beginners, Casio offers a wide range of instruments, such as the LK-260, that are equipped with education tools that make learning to play the piano both entertaining and fun. The lighted keys provide instruction and assistance, allowing users to gain experience and eventually play on their own. Also, the LK-260 includes Casio's Step Up Lesson System, which helps beginners be their own teacher by learning phrase by phrase at their own pace as the display shows hand position and music notation.
For the intermediate jazz enthusiasts, Casio offers the CGP-700 Compact Grand Piano. The CGP-700 is equipped with Casio's Color Touch Interface™, which features a premium icon-based 5.3" touch display with 168,960 pixels. The vibrant interface allows users to effortlessly choose tones, select rhythms, and split and layer sounds, all organized by category. Additionally, the CGP-700 incorporates a 3-way sound system with 40 watts of total amplification, providing a powerful stereo experience to fully immerse musicians in quality jazz sound.
Finally, for more experienced professionals looking for an authentic high-grade piano experience, Casio offers its lineup of Privia digital pianos. The Privia PX-160, an 88-key digital piano comes equipped with Casio's acclaimed AiR Technology, which features the sound of a 9-foot concert grand at four dynamic levels, and Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action keyboard, which features simulated ebony and ivory-textured keys.
To learn more about Casio's full portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.
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