During my college days, I was enthralled with jazz music. Listening to instrumental jazz pieces of Earl Klugh brought me closer to nature with the sounds of the waves of the sea and gentle whispering of the wind. Bossa hits, on the other hand, bring out the happy hormones in me. Jazz music brought forth the genius of the black Americans. Indeed, the International Jazz Day deserves its place in the yearly calendar of global events!
When is the International Jazz Day in 2017?
The International Jazz Day is on April 30, 2017, a Sunday.
The International Jazz Day is celebrated globally on the thirtieth of April each year.
The Origin and Purpose of the International Jazz Day:
The International Jazz Day was first observed in April 30, 2012 through the efforts of Herbie Hancock, an American jazz composer and pianist. Being then the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogues, he presented this initiative which was accepted by UNESCO. It aims to enhance cooperation, communication, freedom, mutual understanding and peace worldwide through jazz music.
What is Jazz?
Jazz is a musical style which started in the southern part of America during the period of slavery in the country’s history. From its humble beginnings at New Orleans, it is now known as the voice of liberty and a testimony against discrimination and tyranny internationally.
The International Jazz Day Celebration:
The 2013 International Jazz Day featured a concert in Istanbul and Paris as organized by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Being the second observance, it was covered by multimedia and participated by various artists and music lovers.
Other key cities in the six continents of the world organized film screenings, conferences and performances. Panel discussions were also arranged to highlight the historical, traditional and educational contributions of jazz music.
When is the International Jazz Day in 2018?
The International Jazz Day is on April 30, 2018, a Monday.