International Jazz day

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially selected April 30 as International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts from all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.

Every year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination, promoting freedom of expression, fostering gender equality, and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.

Every year, there is a global host city. Previous hosts have been Istanbul, Paris and Japan. In these cities, International Jazz day was celebrated with entertainment via performances from world renowned jazz players and educational programs as workshops, master classes, ham sessions and panel discussion.

This year which marks the fifth anniversary of the annual celebration, Washington D.C, the state capital of the United States of America would be hosting the International Jazz day. Jazz performances, community service initiatives and education programs would take place across the city.

President Obama and Michelle Obama would hold a concert in the White House on the 29th of April. this will feature jazz artistes as Aretha Franklin, Trombone Shorty, Diana Krall and many others.

Author: Ope Adedeji