International Jazz Day

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2021 DateApril 30, 2021
2022 DateApril 30, 2022
International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day History

International Jazz Day seeks to celebrate jazz music and its contribution to education, peace, unity, dialogue, and cooperation. Jazz is a form of music that was started in African American communities in the late 1800s and early 1900s in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since then, it has grown and spread around the world, influencing new genres or sub-genres. A few examples include the blues, ragtime, classical, and spiritual.

International Jazz Day was established in 2011 by UNESCO to highlight the power of jazz in uniting people from all over the world. It is celebrated annually on April 30th.

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International Jazz Day Facts & Quotes

  • Each year a host city is chosen to celebrate International Jazz Day. In 2020, Cape Town, South Africa was chosen. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the celebration was canceled and a virtual format was held instead.
  • Nobody knows for sure where the word jazz originated. It is widely believed to come from the slang word jasm, though this is not confirmed.
  • There are an estimated 33,000 jazz musicians in New York, which is considered a jazz music hub. Duke Ellington was one of these famous jazz musicians.
  • If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know - Louis Armstrong, influential early jazz musician
  • As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction - Stan Getz, American Jazz Saxophonist

International Jazz Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the international Jazz Day Global Concert in Washington DC. The concert features internationally renowned jazz musicians. It is also broadcasted across the US on ABC and streamed around the world by the UN and UNESCO.
  • Watch a movie about jazz and music. Some suggestions are: Whiplash (2014), Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959), Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and The Jazz Singer (1927).
  • Donate to the Jazz Foundation of America. All funds donated are used to help preserve the interest of an art congress recently designated a rare and valuable national treasure.
  • Visit one of many jazz museums or jazz concert halls in the US. There are many museums in the US located throughout the southern states up to New York.

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