This is an update to a blog post from 2014 April is Jazz Appreciation Month . When we as music educators hear about using music from our culture, we think of old folk songs, maybe contemporary favorites that our students like. Do we ever consider jazz, seeing as it's the true American art form? If you're like me with very little jazz background (except for "stage" band in high school), you might want to know how to get started. Do we play the music? Do we study the musicians? How in-depth do we get? (Obviously, there are jazz musicians who have had terrible lives.) And the Big Question: How do I keep them engaged? Try a jazz musician talk show. This activity provides the opportunity to let your students practice their researching skills, discern important information, use critical thinking, and throw in some drama. Additionally, the students will learn to discern pieces of information and hopefully learn about the roots of jazz and the history of the time. So, you s...