International Jazz Day: Bringing All Good Spirit


Thanks to Herbie Hancock that’s initiated April 30 as a very special day for worldwide’s jazz lovers. As it becomes the first commemoration of the Jazz International Day, let’s now celebrate that!

On April 27, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, together with the ingenious musician yet UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, launched the first annual International Jazz day, in Paris, France. By this commencement, they proclaimed April 30 as “International Jazz Day”. The launching was housed full day and highlighted by various live performances, master classes, jazz discussions featuring those brilliant musicians such as Marcus Miller, Barbara Hendricks, Hugh Maskela, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and many more.

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The day itself is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool as well as a force for peace, unity, and dialogue. More than just that, the International Jazz Day is also commenced to enhance cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music, 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.

[flickr id=”6981455140″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”small_320″ group=”” align=”left”] “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,” Irina Bokova explains. She also adds, the genre that roots in slavery has raised a passionate voice against all forms of oppression and it’s even able to speak a language of freedom which can touch to all cultures. Similar to UNESCO’s common goal, Jazz International Day occurs to bridge gaps among people from different background, build dialogue, and increase understanding between all cultures and societies.

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Therefore on Monday, April 30, the inaugural International Jazz Day is now celebrated by millions worldwide. It will begin with an all-star sunrise concert in New Orleans’s Congo Square- the birthplace of jazz- and culminate with a sunset concert at the United Nations. Aside from that, the jazz bash presented by UNESCO in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, will also encourage and highlight intercultural dialogue and understanding through this America’s greatest contribution to the music world.

Special to this celebration, Herbie Hancock will join the stage-performances with Tony Bennett, Terence Blanchard, Richard Bona,  Dee Dee Bridgewater, Candido, Robert Cray, Eli Degibri (Israel), Jack DeJohnette, Sheila E., Jimmy Heath, Zakir Hussain (India), Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Lang Lang (China), Romero Lubambo (Brazil), Shankar Mahadevan (India), Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Christian McBride, Danilo Pérez, Dianne Reeves, Bobby Sanabria, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Hiromi (Japan), and others. Another exceptional performer by George Duke will also appear here as he serves as Musical Director.

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More special, this jazz party is toned by non-musician performers where four cinema legends, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman are involved too as co-hosts!

Considering to the worldwide that now is celebrating the International Jazz Day through diverse ways, we’re surely free to live it up with our own positive action. According to the spirit of jazz that roots in freedom, we’re totally lucky to be able to have this gift.

Last but not least, won’t overpass to congratulate as well. Let’s join hands together and celebrate this special day in peace and unity. Happy International Jazz Day, everyone! God Jazz You All!

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Writer: Rizka Azizah (Chika)


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