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Lineup for International Jazz Day Concert in NYC Announced

All-Star Global Concert on Apr. 30 to feature Herbie Hancock, Joey Alexander, Ravi Coltrane, Marcus Miller, Hiromi and many others

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Herbie Hancock (photo: Marek Lazarski)

UNESCO has announced the program for the flagship International Jazz Day concert on April 30 in New York City and related events. The all-star concert will be held at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York City and will feature a diverse lineup of artists from all over the world. Led by Herbie Hancock, who co-chairs International Jazz Day, with John Beasley as music director, the show’s featured list of performers includes Joey Alexander, Helio Alves, Brian Blade, Randy Brecker, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ravi Coltrane, Hiromi, Zakar Hussain, Pedro Martinez, Marcus Miller, Gregory Porter, Lizz Wright, and many more. A complete list of the performers is below.

The concert will be webcast at 5 p.m. ET on the UNESCO website, YouTube, Facebook,, and other platforms. In addition, at 3 p.m. ET UNESCO will present the second edition of the JazzWomenAfrica concert series, featuring female performers from various African nations. A series of free online educational programs will be presented via the International Jazz Day YouTube and Facebook pages, with master classes and presentations led by Carrington, Arturo O’Farrill, Oran Etkin, Danny Grissett, Dan Tepfer, and others. As always, the International Jazz Day organization has encouraged organizations all over the world to present their own events.

“With conflict and division in many parts of the world, it is my hope that, through the universal language of jazz, our celebration this year can inspire people of all nations to heal, to hope and to work together to foster peace,” Hancock said in a press release received at JazzTimes.

Learn more about International Jazz Day at the organization’s website.


List of performers for the All-Star Global Concert on April 30 (in alphabetical order):

Joey Alexander
Helio Alves
Kinan Azmeh
John Beasley (musical director)
Brian Blade
Randy Brecker
Terri Lyne Carrington
Edmar Castaneda
Ravi Coltrane
Shemekia Copeland
Laurent de Wilde
James Genus
Herbie Hancock (host)
Zakar Hussain
José James
Ray Lemo
Gregoire Maret
Pedro Martinez
Marcus Miller
Youn Sun Nah
Linda May Han Oh
Gregory Pelt
Gregory Porter
David Sanborn
Erena Terakubo
Alune Wade
Mark Whitfield
Lizz Wright
Tarek Yamani