Today is International Jazz Day!

Events taking place in 196 nations; all-star concert tonight in Istanbul

Al Jarreau prior to press conference for International Jazz Day, Istanbul, 4-13
Lee Ritenour prior to press conference for International Jazz Day, Istanbul 4-13
Terence Blanchard (center) and Robert Glasper (right) chat with Wayne Shorter prior to press conference for Internatonal Jazz Day, 4-13
UNESCO General-Director Irina Bokova honors Wayne Shorter (center) as Herbie Hancock looks on. Galatasaray High School, Istanbul, 4-13

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Today is the second annual International Jazz Day, and events are taking place in virtually every country in the world. This year, Istanbul, Turkey was chosen as the host city for the main event, an all-star concert featuring artists from 15 nations as well as a host of related educational and cultural events.

JazzTimes will present a full report in an upcoming issue, as well as further online coverage and an extensive photo gallery. In the meantime, here are some photos taken at a press conference, a concert at a local high school and a ceremonial dinner leading up to the Istanbul main event.