Jazz lovers around the world are celebrating Monday, April 30, 2012 as International Jazz Day, an initiative launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The ceremonies kicked off on Friday, April 27 at the UNESCO House in Paris, France, with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, who is UNESCO's Good Will Ambassador for jazz around the world. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute performed.
On Monday, April 30, 2012, a Sunrise Concert in New Orleans features Hancock, Terrence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves and others. To view the video, click here.
In New York City, there is an afternoon panel discussion at the United Nations from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., entitled Unlearning Intolerance. Among the panelists are Alexandra Yabrov, manager of Sculler's Jazz Club, jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly and Con Salso radio host and producer Jose Masso.
On Monday evening there's a sunset concert at the United Nations Assembly Hall, featuring Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Danielo Perez, Esperanza Spalding and others. To view the live web cast, starting at 7:30 p.m., click here.
For a list of jazz events around the world on International Jazz Day, click here.
International Jazz Day is an outgrowth of Jazz Appreciation Month organized each April by the Smithsonian Institute.
In greater Boston, check out Jazz Week International, organized by JazzBoston.org. It runs from April 27 through May 6, 2012.
For year round details on jazz throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.
For tourist information visit MassVacation.com.