Tuesday, April 30, 2013 is the second annual International Jazz Day.
“Spurred by the success of the first celebration, UNESCO, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (TMIJ) will be organizing the second International Jazz Day on April 30th, 2013. This day is destined to raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz’s virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples.”
“This year’s commemoration will feature a daylong series of jazz events and a major evening performance in Istanbul, Turkey, this year’s host city. Activities will feature jazz greats including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, George Duke, Abdullah Ibrahim, Keiko Matsui, Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, and Jimmy Heath.
“International Jazz Day, a U.S. initiative, was established in 2011 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which noted the art form’s American origins, and described jazz as a “universal music of freedom and creativity.” Jazz has long been an important component of U.S. cultural outreach and interaction with foreign audiences. Department of State jazz programs over the last sixty years have featured such legends as Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. Jazz remains an international language, and promotes dialogue among cultures, freedom of expression, diversity, and the crucial role of youth in fostering social change.
“Plans are in place for this concert to be streamed live to millions around the world on April 30 at 9:00 p.m. Istanbul time (7:00 p.m. UTC/ 2:00 p.m. EDT). Viewers can learn more about the program and join the live webcast.”
“Celebrate UNESCO International Jazz Day 2013 with a free jazz performances by Hot Club of San Francisco, Left Bank Trio and The Jazzschool of Berkeley on April 30, 2013.
“Free, but an RSVP is required.
“Special guests Pablo Castro, President of United Nations Association San Francisco and Susan Muscarella, Founder and CEO of Jazz School Berkeley will speak briefly about the influence of Jazz Music on Education and Culture.” http://sf.funcheap.com/unesco-international-jazz-day/
Many other events are also planned around the San Francisco Bay Area.