What is International Jazz Day?

This is how it all began…

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts 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. Each 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.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.

To find out more about International Jazz Day and register events on the official website:  www.jazzday.comor www.unesco.org/jazzday.

 

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Welcome to Jazz Appreciation Month…Let’s Celebrate!

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What is Jazz Appreciation Month?

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created  at the Smithsonian Museum in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.

JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.

Question: As a jazz fan what can I do this month and all year to celebrate and spread the word about jazz?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Attend a jazz concert at a local concert hall, performing arts organization, church, school, college, or jazz society
  • Follow your favorite musicians or groups on social media
  • Seek out new jazz music, musicians, and albums
  • Share your favorite music, musicians, or new finds with friends and peers
  • Read a biography about one of your favorite jazz musicians, jazz poetry, or other jazz book – fiction or nonfiction
  • Tune into a local jazz radio station or online radio station or playlist
  • Make a pilgrimage to your favorite jazz city, jazz museum, or to a musician’s birthplace or gravesite
  • Watch a jazz documentary, film, or performance
  • Subscribe to a jazz magazine or other publication online or in print
  • Host jazz listening sessions
  • Hold a jazz-themed party in honor of a favorite musician, or to celebrate jazz in general

For more information visit these websites:

http://www.jazzday.com

http://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz

Thank you for joining us in a celebration of this great American art form!

Sincerely,

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Cynthia “CynSingsJazz” Simmons sings Black Coffee

Cynthia “CynSingsJazz” Simmons sings Black Coffee in The Primo Room at Ciao’! Accompanying her are Steven Schrag on keyboard, Tony Yohe on drums, and Bill Crosby on bass. Good food, good friends, and good music…It was a fabulous night in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

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