3rd Int’l Jazz Day Set for April 30

Osaka, Japan, will serve as the host city

The third annual International Jazz Day will take place on April 30, with Osaka, Japan, serving as this year’s host city, it was announced today by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. Presented each year in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day, according to a press release, “encourages and highlights intercultural dialogue and understanding through jazz, uniting people in all corners of the globe.” The celebration is recognized on the official calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.

The 2014 International Jazz Day celebration will kick off in Osaka, Japan on April 30th with a daylong series of jazz education programs, performances and community outreach. An evening concert at the outdoor Osaka Castle Park will feature 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 artists, with further details to be announced shortly.

The concert from Osaka will be streamed live worldwide via the UNESCO, U.S. Department of State and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz websites. Daytime events in Osaka will include master classes, roundtable discussions, improvisational workshops, and education programs led by world-renowned jazz musicians, educators, and diplomats.

Coinciding with this year’s International Jazz Day, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue postage stamps and a souvenir card to commemorate International Jazz Day on April 30th. Designed by UNPA Art Director Sergio Baradat, the stamps will be issued in U.S. dollars, Swiss francs and Euros. For more information, visit UNStamps.org.

For more information about International Jazz Day and to register events on the official website, please visit Jazzday or UNESCO/Jazzday.

UNESCO General-Director Irina Bokova honors Wayne Shorter (center) as Herbie Hancock looks on. Galatasaray High School, Istanbul, 4-13
Esperanza Spalding in Istanbul for International Jazz Day, April 2013
By Jeff Tamarkin
Herbie Hancock (far left) and Wayne Shorter (3rd from left) sit in with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz All-Star Band at the Galatasaray High School in Istanbul, April 2013
By Jeff Tamarkin

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