The lovely CJSW Kenna Burima from The Morning After Show invited me to co-host with her this morning from 9-10 am. Talked tunes, gigs, costumes, napping and more!
Here is a link to the CJSW show,
Start at about 1:58 to hear my hour and some live jazz from JazzYYC’s Youth Lab Trio!
CJSW celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month. International Jazz Day is April 30!
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 Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk 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.
Washington, D.C., has been named the International Jazz Day 2016 Global Host City. As International Jazz Day celebrates its 5th anniversary, the U.S. nation’s capital will host a multitude of jazz performances, community service initiatives, and education programs in schools, libraries, hospitals, community centers and arts venues across the city. Washington, D.C., is the birthplace of the great jazz pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, and the city has enjoyed a thriving jazz scene for the past century. On April 30, 2016, Washington, D.C., will join with towns, cities and villages in over 190 countries on all 7 continents to observe International Jazz Day through thousands of performances and programs.
Paris served as the International Jazz Day 2015 Global Host City. An All-Star Global Concert and a full day of jazz education programs were presented across the city and at UNESCO’s global headquarters in Paris as part of the high-profile events celebrating UNESCO’s 70th anniversary. Paris hosted more than 80 special events, including community outreach and service programs that will serve as models for future years. These included programs in pediatric hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, community centers, senior care facilities and the National Institute for Blind Youth. Globally, thousands of International Jazz Day 2015 programs reached some of the most vulnerable communities including refugee camps and war-torn areas.
Osaka, Japan was selected to serve as the International Jazz Day 2014 Global Host City. The year’s celebration kicked off with a daylong series of jazz education programs, including performances, roundtable discussions, master classes and instrumental workshops conducted by world-renowned jazz musicians and educators at the Osaka School of Music. The evening All-Star Global Concert was held at the famed Osaka Castle Park.
Istanbul, Turkey was named the Global Host City for International Jazz Day 2013. The city hosted a daylong series of jazz events including workshops and seminars, panels and roundtable discussions, film screenings, student master classes led by prominent musicians and educators, and – of course – live performances. The crowning event of the celebration was the All-Star Global Concert in the historic Hagia Irene.
UNESCO and United Nations missions, U.S. embassies and government outposts around the world hosted special events for the first annual International Jazz Day on April 30, 2012, to honor this revered musical art form. Universities, libraries, schools, community centers, performing arts venues and arts organizations of all disciplines around the world marked the day through concerts, education programs, seminars, lectures, book readings, public jam sessions, master classes, photo exhibitions, dance recitals, film and documentary screenings, theater presentations and spoken word performances. UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz presented three high-profile programs: a daylong celebration in Paris at UNESCO world headquarters; a sunrise concert in New Orleans’ Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz; and a sunset concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City.