photo by Marcus Gastreich
The International Jazz Day was launched in 2012. Back then, about 70 countries worldwide participated in daylong celebrations of this music and to spread awareness. This year, nearly all 196 U.N. member states are taking part on April 30th with special events planned on that day. Jazz Day again is presented by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in partnership with UNESCO and this year’s host city will be Paris.
AP reports that Herbie Hancock, the UNESCO Goodwill ambassador, “hopes to bring an uplifting “positive message” to a city still reeling from last month’s terrorist attacks.” All 20 districts of Paris will participate in the daylong event with jazz education programs and performances. The highlight will be a big concert titled the All-Star Global Concert, to be held at the Paris UNESCO headquarters.
Among the artists scheduled to perform are Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Claudio Roditi, Hugh Masekela, Igor Butman, Guillaume Perret, and Dhafer Youssef. The concert will be streamed live.