YEREVAN, April 10 (Noyan Tapan). The Jazz festival started in Yerevan on April 9. The festival is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan for the second year in succession in Armenia, and in comparison with last year’s festival it has a larger-scale and versatile program. Opening the festival, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Ordway mentioned that jazz music is one of the manifestations of free thought and there is no aggression in this music. According to him, many talanted musicians, who have recognition in this ganre, live and create in Armenia. And annual jazz festivals give possibility of strenthening contacts and relations among jazz musicians. Within the framework of the festival, jazz concerts, painting contests on the subject of “Jazz Coolors”, quiz sessions, lectures, film-shows, etc. will be arranged in Yerevan and Gyumri. At the invitation of the Embassy the American Jazz trio Michael del Ferro will arrive in Armenia. The U.S. Department of State is known to have joined the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month worldwide in April. Hereafter, April will be the designated month to annually pay tribute to jazz. “I can only hope that one day America will recognize that our indigenous music – jazz – is the heart and soul of all popular music, and that we cannot afford to let its legacy slip into obscurity,” said famous musician and composer Quincy Jones.