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International Jazz Day 2015, April 30

Día Internacional del Jazz, 30 de Abril.
Journée Internationale du Jazz, 30 Avril.
International Jazz Day, 30 April.
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 Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Jazz Day,30 April 2015.
Henri Matisse once defined Jazz as“rhythm and meaning”.Jazz means music at its most creative, its most free.
Jazz means diversity at its most varied–-from free jazz, swing and Afro-Cuban jazz to Latin jazz, Indo jazz, acid jazz and jazz rap... each style reflects a rich blend of local, national and regional influences. Jazz means dialogue, reaching out to others, bringing everyone on board.Jazz means respecting the human rights and dignity of every woman and man, no matter their background.

Jazz means understanding others, letting them speak, listening with respect. Jazz means courage –it means standing up for freedom, in the spirit of solidarity.All of this is the power of jazz –expressed most of all in its ability to touch upon the essential of human experience, which is sharing values and emotions, aspirations and dreams.  In times of change and uncertainty, we need the spirit of jazz more than ever before,to bring people –-especially young women and men–together, to nurture freedom and dialogue, to create new bridges of respect and understanding, for  greater tolerance and cooperation.In essence, jazz is a music of peace, and this has never been so important, to fight against new forms of hatred, racism and discrimination, and to strengthen humanity as a single community, sharing a past and a destiny. On this International Jazz Day, women and men across the world are joining together to celebrate this power.

This year,the event is woven into the celebration of UNESCO’s 70th anniversary,and we are putting out the message to people everywhere, from Paris to Sidney. With the support of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and jazz giant, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, live performances, jam sessions, workshops are being organized all around the world. Come join us!

Irina Bokova

Presented each year on April 30th in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day encourages and highlights 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.

According to Director-General Bokova, “Jazz means dialogue, reaching out to others, bringing everyone on board. It means respecting the human rights and dignity of every woman and man, no matter their background. It means understanding others, letting them speak, listening in the spirit of respect. All this is why we join together to celebrate jazz – this music of freedom is a force for peace, and its messages have never been more vital than they are today, in times of turbulence, in the year when we celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO. This All-Star Concert will be a major moment in a turning point year.”
“On April 30th, there will be a worldwide celebration honoring jazz,” said Ambassador Hancock. “Every single country on all seven continents will shine the spotlight on jazz for 24 hours straight, sharing the beauty, passion, and ethics of the music. Educators, visual artists, writers, philosophers, intellectuals, dancers, musicians of all ages and skill levels, photographers, filmmakers, videographers, bloggers and jazz enthusiasts will participate in Jazz Day by openly exchanging ideas through performances, education programs, and other creative endeavors.”

Forum : International Jazz Day - April 30
 International Jazz Day recognizes the historical, cultural, and educational contribution of jazz.

Events :  International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert - Streamed live on 30 Apr 2015 from Paris.

The 2015 All-Star Global Concert will feature a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including pianists John Beasley (Music Director), A Bu, Eliane Elias, Antonio Faraò, Isfar Sarabski and Herbie Hancock; trumpeters Till Brönner, Avishai Cohen, Hugh Masekela and Claudio Roditi; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Annie Lennox, Rudy Pérez and Dianne Reeves; saxophonists Igor Butman, Femi Kuti, Guillaume Perret and Wayne Shorter; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Ben Williams; guitarist Lee Ritenour; drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, percussionist Mino Cinelu, harmonica player Grégoire Maret, and oud player Dhafer Youssef.

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