International Jazz Day Names Paris as This Year’s Host City

Events will also take place around the world

Hugh Masekela, International Jazz Day, NYC, 4-12
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Al Jarreau at cafe outside of Hagia Irene prior to press conference for International Jazz Day, Istanbul, April 2013
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Wayne Shorter speaks at the Osaka School of Music, International Jazz Day, Osaka, Japan, April 30, 2014
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Herbie Hancock, International Jazz Day, Osaka, Japan, April 30, 2014
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Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spalding, Troy Roberts, International Jazz Day, Osaka, Japan, April 30, 2014
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The fourth annual International Jazz Day will be celebrated around the world on April 30, with Paris serving as this year’s host city (following New York, Istanbul and Osaka, Japan). The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock made the announcement today. UNESCO partners with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to present IJD annually, according to a press release, “to encourage and highlight the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promoting intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, uniting people from all corners of the globe.” The celebration is recognized on the official calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations, and this year will be a significant part of UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary celebration.

The 2015 International Jazz Day celebration will kick off in Paris with a daylong series of jazz education programs, performances and community outreach. An evening concert at UNESCO Headquarters will feature performances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, A Bu (China), Igor Butman (Russia), Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Ibrahim Maalouf (Lebanon), Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Marcus Miller, Guillaume Perret (France), Dianne Reeves, Claudio Roditi (Brazil), Wayne Shorter, Dhafer Youssef (Tunisia) and many others, with further details to be announced shortly. John Beasley will serve as the evening’s Musical Director.

The concert from Paris will be streamed live worldwide via the UNESCO, U.S. Department of State and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz websites. Daytime events in Paris will include master classes, roundtable discussions, improvisational workshops and education programs led by jazz musicians, educators and diplomats. Other concerts and performances will take place across the city of Paris.

For more information about International Jazz Day and to register events on the official website, visit International Jazz Day.