Jazz Appreciation Month culminates in International Jazz Day

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30 April 2014 marks the 4th annual International Jazz Day as designated by UNESCO (United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation). The designation of International Jazz Day was to highlight jazz and the role it plays in uniting people from around the globe.

UNESCO, International Jazz Day, Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz
UNESCO, International Jazz Day, Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz

International Jazz Day is chaired by Irina Bokova (UNESCO Director General) and Herbie Hancock (UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue) who is also a jazz pianist, composer and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month
April is Jazz Appreciation Month

International Jazz Day has three pillars, Celebrate, Educate and Participate. It is through these three pillars that it aims to bring together historians, academics, enthusiasts, schools, artists and communities in learning about jazz and its roots, its future and impact.

April is also Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) which aims to draw public attention to jazz and its heritage throughout the month of April each year, International Jazz Day culminates this month.

Hugh Masekela delivers a stirring rendition of his composition "Stimela (The Coal Train)" at the 2013 Global Concert
Hugh Masekela delivers a stirring rendition of his composition “Stimela (The Coal Train)” at the 2013 Global Concert.
Picture courtesy International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day 2014 will be hosted in Osaka, Japan this year with a series of jazz education programmes taking place at the Osaka School of Music throughout the day. In the evening there will be an All-Star Global Concert at the Osaka Castle Park with performances by Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Beasley (Musical Director), Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Theo Croker, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo, Roberta Gambarini, Kenny Garrett, James Genus, Roy Hargrove, Lalah Hathaway, Terumasa Hino, Earl Klugh, Marcus Miller, T.S. Monk, Gregory Porter, Claudio Roditi, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Lew Tabackin, Steve Turre and other internationally acclaimed artists.

The Global Concert will be streamed live worldwide via the UNESCO, U.S. Department of State, and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz websites. Individuals and organizations the world over are invited to screen the concert live or organize their own unique event in honor of International Jazz Day.

Events planned in South Africa for International Jazz Day:

  • Kaleidoscope Cafe, Cape Town:
    The Glenn Robertson Jazz Band will host a concert and invite various other jazz bands to participate.
    18:00 – 23:00 CAT, 56 Main Rd, Claremont.

This article will be updated as news of new events in South Africa are announced.
For details of events in your country click here: Jazz Day Events

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