International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day

The 2015 Global Host City of International Jazz Day is Paris, France. France is often recognized as the second birthplace of jazz after the US. Thanks to jazz fans and supporters, the music has not only been listened to and followed, but also analysed and preserved for the profound artistic value.

What is the Purpose of International Jazz Day

The aim of the annual observance of International Jazz Day is to bring together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz enthusiasts. The purpose is to unite these people all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and it roots, future and impact. To raise awareness of the need for intercultural communication and understanding and most importantly, reinforce international cooperation and dialogue.

International Jazz Day is the grand finale of Jazz Appreciation Month, the entire month of April devoted to drawing public attention to jazz and its heritage. The day is recognized internationally on the calendars of both the UN and UNESCO. It is aimed to promote peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity and promoting freedom of expression.

The History of International Jazz Day

UNESCO officially designated International Jazz Day to April 30 in November 2011. The observance was initiated to highlight jazz and the diplomatic role of brining unity between people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is led by Irina Bokova who is the Director General of UNESCO as well as legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock. Hancock serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and is Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

How Can You Become Involved in International Jazz Day

Celebrate International Jazz Day in true South African Style! The Rendezvous Theatre is hosting a celebration in recognition and promotion of Jazz through the literary art and music. The performances will feature poets, musicians and scholars. For more information on this event go to

Here is some easy listening, to jazz up your day




  Written by Ryette Dempsey

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