The inaugural International Jazz Day was celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30, and began with an all-star sunrise concert in New Orleans’ Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz and culminate with a sunset concert at the United Nations. Presented by UNESCO in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day will encourage and highlight intercultural dialogue and understanding through jazz, America’s greatest contribution to the world of music.
Terence Blanchard, foreground, and Herbie Hancock performed at a sunrise concert marking International Jazz Day in New Orleans. The performance, at Congo Square near the French Quarter, was one of two in the United States that day; the other is in the evening in New York. Thousands of people across the globe are expected to participate in International Jazz Day, including events in Belgium, France, Brazil, Algeria and Russia. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
International Jazz Day was launched in Paris on Friday by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, of which Hancock is chairman. The Paris event included roundtable discussions, improvisational workshops and performances by artists from various countries.
“Jazz is something very special, and it belongs to the world,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who traveled from Paris to New Orleans for Monday’s sunrise concert. “Jazz music is an expression of freedom, of human rights and of human dignity.”
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