Save the date! Jazz will once again pace Saturday April 30, 2022, for the 11th edition of International Jazz Day. This 2022 edition will be a call for peace and unity in the world. “Jazz carries a universal message with the power to strengthen dialogue, our understanding of each other, and our mutual respect. As the world is affected by multiple crises and conflicts, this international day highlights how much music and culture can contribute to peace,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, in a release.
What to expect then? This year, celebrations will take place in over 180 countries in the world, including the traditional All-Star Global Concert, held on April 30th, at the UN in New York. Just this once, several big jazz names will perform including Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Youn Sun Nah, Gregory Porter, Lizz Wright, Jeremy Pelt, José James, Hiromi, Ravi Coltrane, as well as Laurent de Wilde, Pedrito Martinez, Mark Whitfield… Enjoy the full list of artists to perform at the All-Star Global Concert.
But that is not all since International Jazz Day will also be the occasion to enjoy on April 30th from 9 p.m. (French time) the second edition of the series of concerts called “JazzWomenAfrica”. On the occasion, Internet users can enjoy several female’s talents from the jazz industry coming from Africa, such as Abigail Narkie Teye (drummer, Ghana), Laura Prince (performer, Togo), Maah Keita (bass player, Senegal), Mariaa Sigaa (composer and performer, Senegal), Mounaissa (guitarist, Mali), Nelida Karr (guitarist, Equatorial Guinea) and Senny Camara (composer and kora player, Senegal).
Last but not least, International Jazz Day is also the occasion to enjoy playful programs for free at unesco.org, jazzday.com, as well as International Jazz Day’s official YouTube and Facebook pages. World-famous jazz artists, including Arturo O’Farrill and Terri Lyne Carrington, Oran Etkin, Danny Grissett and Dan Tepfer will host masterclasses and conferences throughout the day.
For the record, International Jazz Day was created in 2011 by UNESCO, as encouraged by ambassador of goodwill Herbie Hancock.
This April 30, let us all celebrate jazz!