International Jazz Day is celebrated on April 30 annually to recognise jazz and its diplomatic role in uniting people across the globe. The day was declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011. The idea to celebrate this day came from jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock.
Activities Around International Jazz Day 2020
On account of the coronavirus outbreak, artistes from across the world will be uniting virtually this year. The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai brings together over 75 Jazz artists across the world to celebrate International Jazz Day, 2020. International Jazz Day 2020 will take place online and be hosted by Herbie Hancock.
Vocalist Dianne Reeves, guitarist John Scofield, organist Joey DeFrancesco and saxophonist Igor Butman are among the dozens of artists who will take part in an April 30 virtual concert to be streamed live on the International Jazz Day website.
The artistes who have come together with the NCPA in this global celebration include maestros from India, the United States of America, Italy, Japan, Israel, Netherlands, Germany, London and Singapore amongst other countries.
The videos collated feature over 75 artists from the largest jazz hubs all around the world expressing themselves from the comforts of their homes in this celebration of hope. Jazz remains as it was then; Music promising hope and freedom, an art form which evokes identity and augments the desire to express.
The celebration will also include a special feature of the DownBeat Magazine’s rising star, saxophonist and vocalist, Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio which will go live as a part of the NCPA@home series on YouTube at 6.00 pm on April 30. Thurman has earned numerous accolades from the New York Times to appearances on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert whilst touring internationally with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
The concert will begin at 15h00 US eastern time (19:00 UTC) and will feature performances by Marcus Miller, Lang Lang, Charlie Puth, Cécile McLorin Salvant, John McLaughlin, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sibongile Khumalo, Alune Wade, John Beasley, Ben Williams, Lizz Wright, John Scofield, Igor Butman, Evgeny Pobozhiy, Youn Sun Nah, A Bu, Jane Monheit, and Joey DeFrancesco, among others. Also other content will be available on the site, like free series of educational masterclasses, children’s activities and discussions via web conference featuring renowned educators and jazz artists.
The 9th annual International Jazz Day worldwide celebration will transition to a virtual format for 2020 instead of taking place as previously planned in Cape Town, South Africa and other locations around the world on April 30th.