Herbie Hancock says: “Jazz has been the voice of freedom for so many countries over the past half century, so what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy.”
Meanwhile the UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova says “Jazz has been a force for positive social transformation throughout its history, and it remains so today. This is why UNESCO created International Jazz Day,”
Yes, we do love jazz. We get entertained with it. Some of us play it, but don’t forget that jazz can function much, much more than just that. It can be used as an educational tool as well as a force for peace, unity and dialogue, and to enhance cooperation among people/nation. All will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution as it can make to build more inclusive societies.
The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness. The spirit of jazz is the spirit of friendship and mutual respect. The spirit of jazz is the spirit of sharing, appreciating and giving. The more people love music, the more peaceful and happy the world is. Jazz can be a great tool to promote peace and unity among people and nations. If you’re a jazz musician you can spread the message through your music. If you’re a jazz lovers, you can share love to others. Jazz people should be able to become an example or miniature of a peaceful and full-loving world. That’s what God wants, that’s what we need. Think of it. If you dream to have such world, you should start doing something real.
From our desk, we wish you Happy International Jazz Day, jazzy peeps! Let’s swing the world with love, peace and harmony!
Written by: Riandy Kurniawan