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April 26, 2020

International Jazz Day 2020 to Take Place Virtually; Global Concert Hosted by Herbie Hancock to Feature Performances by Artists Across the Globe.

International Jazz Day 2020

International Jazz Day 2020

International Jazz Day 2020

International Jazz Day 2020

International Jazz Day 2020

International Jazz Day 2020

International Jazz Day 2020

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International Jazz Day 2020

International Jazz Day 2020

International Jazz Day 2020

International Jazz Day 2020

Photos: 2020 Global Jazz Day Posters from Spain, Istanbul Turkey, Atella Italy, Mexico, Bali, Bournemouth UK, Poland, Goa India, Mexico City, Dominican Republic, and Mumbai India.

Paris, France, April 25, 2020 — Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 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 30.

International Jazz Day 2020, hosted by Herbie Hancock, will take place online. The day’s centerpiece will be a virtual Global Concert featuring artists from across the globe, streamed live on jazzday.com. The concert will begin at 15h00 US eastern time (19:00 UTC). It will feature performances by John McLaughlin, Jane Monheit, Alune Wade, John Beasley, Ben Williams, Lizz Wright, John Scofield, Igor Butman, Evgeny Pobozhiy, Youn Sun Nah, A Bu, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, and Joey DeFrancesco, among others.

There will be a free series of educational masterclasses, children’s activities, and discussions via web conference leading up to the virtual Global Concert. It would feature renowned educators and jazz artists, streamed live via jazzday.com.

The program will also include a panel hosted by Nate Chinen, Chief Jazz contributor to NPR Music. The group would address how International Jazz Day, and art in general, can be a relevant response to the social isolation precipitated by the current public health crisis. The panel will feature artist participants, including GRAMMY Award-winning bassist and composer Marcus Miller and legendary South African vocalist Sibongile Khumalo. A live audience will be able to submit questions throughout the session. NPR will co-host a live stream of the virtual International Jazz Day activities.

International Jazz Day would not be possible without the thousands of independent organizers around the world. They faithfully help bring the message of this unique music into their communities each year on April 30.

UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz have issued a call for these organizers, artists, and fans around the world to create video messages, audio recordings, and other expressions of participation to show solidarity with everyone affected by the pandemic. Jazzday.com would feature these videos as part of the daylong virtual celebrations.

Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Co-Chair of International Jazz Day, said, “These are unprecedented times for world citizens, and we are most grateful for the support, understanding, and partnership of our Jazz Day community. Armed with optimism, patience, and grace, we’ll work through these challenges as families, communities, countries, and as a more energetic united world. Now more than ever before, let’s band together and spread the ethics of Jazz Day’s global movement around the planet and use this as a golden opportunity for humankind to reconnect, especially amid all this isolation and uncertainty.”

Our sincere gratitude and appreciation go to the South African Department of Sports, Arts and Culture; South African Tourism; South African National Commission for UNESCO; City of Cape Town, SPIN Foundation; many local partners and community leaders in South Africa; and the worldwide International Jazz Day community for their efforts in support of International Jazz Day 2020.

Established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2011, and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every April 30 to celebrate jazz. It highlights the music’s essential role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination, and promoting human dignity. International Jazz Day has become a global movement reaching more than two billion people annually on all seven continents, including Antarctica, through education programs, performances, community outreach, radio, television, and streaming, along with electronic, print, and social media. The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is UNESCO’s official partner in the organization and promotion of International Jazz Day.

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