In a bid to celebrate the unifying power of music, International Jazz Day is celebrated annually on April 30. The day aims to raise awareness about the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for empathy, dialogue, and enhanced cooperation among people. April 30 not only celebrates the gift of music but also unites the countries and communities from across the globe to celebrate jazz.
International Jazz Day brings together communities, artists, historians, academics, and people across the globe to celebrate and learn about jazz its roots, future, and impact.
International JAZZ Day – History
The origin of the International Jazz Day goes back to 2011 when the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the day an opportunity to recognize Jazz music and give voice to it by uniting people from all walks of life. Since 2011, the day has garnered a lot of importance, especially from the music lovers and musicians who gather from every corner of the world to celebrate with zeal and spirit of Jazz.
Who brought in the idea of International Jazz Day?
The idea was pitched by Jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, who along with the UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay chaired the event and ensured that people from across the globe come out and with euphoria participate in the celebrations every year.
Importance of the International Jazz Day
This special day highlights the jazz genre and its diplomatic role, uniting people all over the world. It raises awareness about the need for “intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding” and honors the genre’s history of expression and strives for equality. The day aims to raise awareness about the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for empathy, dialogue, and enhanced cooperation among people
Jazzing it up!
Every year on the occasion of the International Jazz Day, several activities are held all across the glove and several musicians come together to perform live for the audience and spread happiness.