Join the greatest jazz celebration with us!
‘On April 30th UNESCO celebrates the 3rd International Jazz Day. Jazz is more than music, it’s a lifestyle and it’s an instrument for social change and dialogue. Jazz has the power to bring us together in all our diversity. It is ethos for inclusion and mutual respect. This music tells the story of the civil rights movement, the struggle for tolerance and for human dignity. It tells a story of culture diversity and creativity throughout the ages, across the world. It is a beautiful and rebellious music that is ethos for peace.’ Irina Bokova – Director-General of UNESCO (video)
In November 2011, UNESCO officially designated April 30 as ‘International Jazz Day’ in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.
International Jazz Day is chaired UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock who also serves as Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration, which began in 2012.
Organizers select a venue with rich historical significance, representing jazz’s ability to connect disparate traditions and cultural identities.Osaka Castle (Japan), a spectacular example of the Azuchi-Momoyama period that represents the elegance and indomitable spirit of both the city of Osaka and Japan, is hosting the 2014 International Jazz Day.
More than 30 world-renowned jazz artists from around the world join the International Jazz Day with a spectacular performance that spans styles, cultures, and languages; pianists Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kris Bowers, John Beasley, Herbie Hancock and Makoto Ozone; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jonathan Butler, Roberta Gambarini, Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter, Oumou Sangaré and Dionne Warwick; trumpeters Theo Croker, Roy Hargrove, Claudio Roditi and Terumasa Hino; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Esperanza Spalding; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington, T.S. Monk, Shuichi Hidano and the Taiko Masters; percussionists Pete Escovedo and Sheila E.; saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Courtney Pine, Troy Roberts, Wayne Shorter and Lew Tabackin; trombonist Steve Turre; guitarists Chris Thomas King, Earl Klugh, John Scofield and Joe Louis Walker.
‘I’m honored to be a part of International Jazz Day’s Global Concert, an experience I will share with musicians fortunate to play this music that transcends boundaries.’ John Scofield
You can watch live streaming concert performances on the official website throughout the day.Watch the full concert: http://localhost:8888/international-jazz-day-global-concert-2014-osaka/ .
Let yourself enchant with the International Jazz Day 2012 – Global Concert in Paris: lots of great musicians, such as George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Tania Maria, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Wlliams and Hugh Masekela, gave a fantastic gig.