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March 22, 2024

Tangier, Morocco, will be the Global Host City for International Jazz Day in 2024.

— Worldwide Celebration on April 30, 2024

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Photos: International Jazz Day 2024 Posters from various countries.

PARIS and WASHINGTON, March 19, 2024 — More than 190 countries will celebrate the upcoming edition of International Jazz Day on April 30, 2024. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock announced that Tangier, Morocco, will be the Global Host of the event. The city will serve as the anchor for all International Jazz Day programs taking place around the world.

“Tangier’s designation marks the first time a city on the African continent will host International Jazz Day, the world’s largest and most significant celebration of jazz,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Morocco and the City of Tangier, a four-day celebration will take place from April 27-30, highlighting the city’s jazz heritage and promoting cultural and artistic ties between people in Morocco, Europe, and Africa. The celebration will include a series of education programs with events for students of all ages, a special presentation showcasing the significance of Morocco’s Gnawa music and its connection with jazz, and conversations about the history of jazz and its impact on Tangier. The event will culminate with an All-Star Global Concert at the Palace of Arts and Culture of Tangier, broadcast worldwide on YouTube, Facebook, the United Nations, and UNESCO, reaching millions of viewers.

Music enthusiasts can look forward to a thrilling event in Tangier featuring legendary figures of jazz, blues, and more. This event will also be broadcast worldwide. Led by the iconic pianist Herbie Hancock and Musical Director John Beasley from the USA, the All-Star Global Concert will showcase performances by an international lineup of artists from all corners of the globe, including the master Gnawa musician Abdellah El Gourd from Morocco. Other confirmed artists include Claudia Acuña from Chile, Ambrose Akinmusire from the USA, Lakecia Benjamin from the USA, Richard Bona from Cameroon, Dee Dee Bridgewater from the USA, Moreira Chonguiça from Mozambique, Shemekia Copeland from the USA, Kurt Elling from the USA, Antonio Faraò from Italy, Melody Gardot from the USA, Jazzmeia Horn from the USA, JK Kim from the Republic of Korea, Magnus Lindgren from Sweden, Romero Lubambo from Brazil, Marcus Miller from the USA, Yasushi Nakamura from Japan, Tarek Yamani from Lebanon, and many more artists to be announced soon.

Tangier is a city located at the junction of Europe and Africa and is known for its diverse cultural expressions. Jazz has a long and rich history in Tangier, with many world-renowned jazz artists such as Josephine Baker, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Mann, and Archie Shepp having performed and spent time in the city. For many years, jazz master Randy Weston lived in Tangier, where he collaborated with Gnawa master Abdellah El Gourd to explore the roots of jazz and African music. Morocco’s traditional Gnawa music and jazz fusion, known as Gnawa-jazz, is widely appreciated across Morocco and beyond.

The International Jazz Day was established by UNESCO in 2011 and later recognized by the United Nations General Assembly. It is celebrated annually on April 30 and brings together countries and communities worldwide. The celebration highlights jazz’s power in promoting peace, facilitating dialogues among cultures, encouraging diversity, and respecting human dignity.

International Jazz Day has evolved into a worldwide movement that annually reaches over 2 billion people on all continents. The movement achieves this through education programs, performances, community outreach, radio, television, streaming services, and electronic, print, and social media. The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is the primary nonprofit organization responsible for annually planning, promoting, and organizing International Jazz Day.

Source: Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

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