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International Jazz Day


April 30, 2023

International Jazz Day is an International Day declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe." It is celebrated annually on April 30. The idea came from jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. Jazz Day is chaired by Hancock and the UNESCO Director-General. The celebration is recognized on the calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz (formerly the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz), is the lead organizational partner for Jazz Day. The Institute coordinates activities in the UNESCO member states as well as the Global Host Celebration. Events in the Host City culminate in an All-Star Global Concert, which involves numerous jazz musicians from around the world performing in or around an historical landmark.

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Worldwide participation

Nearly 200 countries participate in International Jazz Day every year. In addition to concerts and jam sessions, events include workshops, conferences, and community outreach. The official registry of worldwide events is hosted on jazzday.com where they are displayed and indexed alphabetically by country. Jazzday.com lists notable examples of events organized over the past ten years:

  • A teacher in Tuscaloosa organized a workshop on how to use jazz to inspire leadership and innovation.
  • A venue in Bogotá, Colombia, produced a day of public education programs including classes, concerts, and jam sessions.
  • In Yangon, Myanmar, organizers invited a jazz guitarist to give performances and educational workshops with local musicians.
  • A conservatory in Kathmandu, Nepal, hosted local and traveling musicians for joint concerts, followed by an open jam session. The event was broadcast live on the radio.
  • A record producer in Tehran, Iran, organized a series of concerts with local musicians at an historic cultural center.
  • A mobile jazz club in Alcoy, Spain, attempted to set the record for largest jazz jam session in Spanish history, bringing together more than 100 musicians in Alcoy's Plaza de Dins.
  • A planetarium in Ukraine hosted a jazz concert accompanied by a 3D video show.

The International Jazz Day website also collects jazz education materials. These include content from the Smithsonian Institution in the United States, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York Jazz Workshop, Jamey Aebersold Jazz, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, Norwegian music technology firm oiid, the online STEAM curriculum Math, Science & Music, and the Universidad Veracruzana.

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For Information and all events visit Jazz Day

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