Mark your calendars! Jazz will once again set the pace on Saturday, April 30, 2022 , on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of theInternational Jazz Day. This 2022 edition will be a call for peace and unity in the world. " Jazz carries a universal message that has the power to strengthen dialogue, understanding and mutual respect. At a time when the world is facing multiple crises and conflicts, this international day highlights the essential contribution of music and culture to peace," explains Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, in a statement.
So what can we expect? This year, the celebrations will take place in more than 180 countries around the world, with the traditional All-Star Global Concert at the United Nations in New York on April 30. Once again, several great names of jazz will perform, including Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Youn Sun Nah, Gregory Porter, Lizz Wright, Jeremy Pelt, José James, Hiromi, Ravi Coltrane or Laurent de Wilde, Pedrito Martinez, Mark Whitfield... find here the list of the artists programmed at the All-Star Global Concert.
As in previous years, this great concert will be available online on April 30 at 11 pm, French time, on the UNESCO website, but also on YouTube, Facebook, jazzday.com, the UN online TV channel.
But that's not all: on April 30, starting at 9 p.m. French time, the second edition of the " JazzWomenAfrica " concert series will be held. On this occasion, Internet users will be able to discover several female talents from the world of jazz and from all over Africa, such as Abigail Narkie Teye (percussionist, Ghana), Laura Prince (performer, Togo), Maah Keita (bassist, Senegal), Mariaa Sigaa (composer and performer, Senegal), Mounaissa (guitarist, Mali), Nelida Karr (guitarist, Equatorial Guinea) and Senny Camara (composer and kora player, Senegal).
Finally, International Jazz Day is also an opportunity to enjoy educational programmes, which can be discovered free of charge online via unesco.org, jazzday.com and the official International Jazz Day YouTube and Facebook pages. World-renowned jazz artists, including Arturo O'Farrill and Terri Lyne Carrington, Oran Etkin, Danny Grissett and Dan Tepfer, will be leading master classes and lectures during the day.
We recall that the International Jazz Day was created by UNESCO in 2011, at the initiative of Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock.
This April 30, let's all celebrate jazz!