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An International Jazz Day 2013 Photo Gallery

Plus: T.S. Monk and Wayne Shorter on the meaning of International Jazz Day

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
Esperanza Spalding in Istanbul for International Jazz Day, April 2013
Al Jarreau at cafe outside of Hagia Irene prior to press conference for International Jazz Day, Istanbul, April 2013
Branford Marsalis rehearsing for International Jazz Day performance, Hagia Irene, Istanbul, April 2013
Esperanza Spalding, Anat Cohen and Keiko Matsui chat at a dinner reception prior to International Jazz Day, Istanbul, April 2013
Exterior of Hagia Irene in Istanbul, site of the International Jazz Day concert of 2013
Interior of Hagia Irene in Istanbul, site of the International Jazz Day concert of 2013
Celebrating jazz in Istanbul, April 2013
Turkish trumpeter Imer Demirer rehearses for International Jazz Day concert, Istanbul, April 2013
John McLaughlin catches up with Wayne Shorter prior to press conference for International Jazz Day, Istanbul, April 2013
l. to. r., Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock chat prior to a press conference for International Jazz Day, April 2013
Vinnie Colaiuta rehearses for International Jazz Day concert, Istanbul, April 2013

April 30 was International Jazz Day. The music was celebrated in every one of the planet’s 196 nations, with events coordinated with UNESCO, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the individual countries. This year Istanbul, Turkey, was chosen as the site for the main event, an all-star concert featuring more than 40 jazz greats from 15 countries. In addition, there were workshops, educational events and more.

JazzTimes will publish a report on the Istanbul concert and related events in a forthcoming issue. In the meantime, enjoy these photos taken by Associate Editor Jeff Tamarkin and brief interviews with Thelonious (T.S.) Monk Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Monk Institute, and the legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter, each of whom was asked the same three questions at a reception prior to the concert.

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