WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23: JAZZ
Profile America for the 23rd day of Black History Month. It has been called "the only true American art form." Over a century old, it's appreciated around the world — what else, but the music called jazz? A blend of religious and work songs, Spanish and French influences, ragtime and marching bands, all laid over African rhythms, the history of jazz is uniquely tied to the African-American experience. From Jelly Roll Morton to Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis on to Wynton Marsalis, African-Americans have kept jazz evolving through the decades. Nearly 8 percent of adults in the U.S. attend a live jazz performance at least once a year. This special edition of Profile America is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1201
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). For further information, contact Rick Reed: 301-763-2812; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: rreed-at-census.gov.
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau