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Unity through Jazz Day

2022 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert.

Today, the United Nations celebrates International Jazz Day

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared April 30 as International Jazz Day to highlight the importance of jazz in uniting people around the globe.

This year UN announced this Jazz Day as a call for Global Peace and Unity.

Jazz was born from blues and ragtime in African-American communities of the south in 1800.

Herbie Hancock joins Miles Davis' second Great Quinted in 1963, in which he helps to refine the rhythm section.

UNESCO designated Hancock as its Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue in 2011 to celebrate jazz music's diplomatic role.

In 2011, UNESCO established April 30 as International Jazz Day to commemorate Jazz Appreciation Month at the Smithsonian Institution in April.

The first International Jazz Day is held in 2012, featuring high-profile programs in New Orleans, New York, and Paris (France).

There are three reasons for people to love this International Day of Jazz.

Countries from Argentina to Zambia throw jam sessions, music clinics, concerts, and more, all with their unique cultural flavor, all celebrating jazz's diplomatic role in uniting people around the world.

With UNESCO, beginners and advanced players can access lessons on writing blues music, Indian rhythms, the mathematics of music, and more in 2017, 190 countries hosted events for music enthusiasts of all skill levels and sub-genres.

Every year, one city is selected to host the Global Host celebration, culminating in an incredible performance.

Among the many leading jazz musicians who have performed at the All-Star Global Concert include Esperanza Spalding, American bassist, singer, and composer, 1984, Robert Glasper, American pianist, record producer, songwriter, and musical arranger, 1978, as well as Aretha Franklin, American singer who defined the golden age of soul music in 1960, to name a few.

Concerts and events are being held around the world, but many of them will also organize jam sessions, educational workshops, and conferences and provide community outreach.

To help the public become more aware of International Jazz Day, the International Jazz Day website provides access to jazz educational resources that can be used to help run their event and the public should not be averse to starting an event or discussion around the topic.

The 2022 Global Concert will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York. In a nod to the inaugural International Jazz Day Sunset Concert in 2012, the Global Concert will return to the UN General Assembly Hall, demonstrating jazz's continued leadership role as a force for dialogue and diplomacy.

A series of performances by jazz artists from around the globe will make a powerful statement in support of peace, healing, and unity as part of the 2022 All-Star Global Concert webcast at 5 pm EDT/2 pm PDT/11 pm CET.

With Herbie Hancock serving as host and artistic director and John Beasley as musical director, this program will show the extraordinary potential of jazz as a medium for peaceful collaboration and constructive dialogue.

Participating artists will include vocalists Shemekia Copeland, José James, Youn Sun Nah (Republic of Korea), Gregory Porter, Alune Wade (Senegal), and Lizz Wright; pianists Joey Alexander (Indonesia), Helio Alves (Brazil), Laurent de Wilde (France), Hiromi (Japan), Ray Lema (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Tarek Yamani (Lebanon) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drummers); Marcus Miller and Linda May Han Oh (bassists) from Australia; Ravi Coltrane (saxophones), David Sanborn (piano) and Erena Terakubo (saxophones), guitarist Mark Whitfield and trumpeters Randy Brecker and Jeremy Pelt from the United States, among others.

Harmonist Grégoire Maret (Switzerland), harpist Edmar Casta*eda (Colombia), percussionist Pedrito Mart*nez (Cuba), and clarinettist Kinan Azmeh (Syria) will also be joining the global ensemble., YouTube, and Facebook will stream free education programs leading up to the 2022 All-Star Global Concert featuring renowned artists and educators.

International Jazz Day events will be held in more than 180 countries across the globe.

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