International Jazz Day is being celebrated in over 190 countries around the world on Monday, April 30, 2018. Adopted by UNESCO, the celebration is meant to highlight the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, while promoting intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding.
Schools, universities, libraries, jazz clubs, performing arts centers, artists and arts organizations all participate in International Jazz Day, according to UNESCO.
Among the activities taking place in Massachusetts were a gathering at Wally's Cafe in Boston hosted by JazzBoston and a free concert at New England Conservatory's Brown Hall, featuring jazz faculty members and students.
The worldwide celebration began in New Orleans in the United States and culminated in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Find year round jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.