International Jazz Day: The Virtues of Jazz as a Force for Peace, Unity, Dialogue and Enhanced Cooperation among People, as Well as an Educational Tool

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World-famous jazz trumpeter and composer, Wynton Marsalis, and renowned jazz bassist, Christian McBride, perform at the inaugural International Jazz Day Concert at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Music of improvisation and collective creation

International Jazz Day (30 April) raises awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people, as well as an educational tool.

Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

Why Jazz?

  • Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
  • Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
  • Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;
  • Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
  • Jazz fosters gender equality;
  • Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;
  • Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
  • Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.

In November 2011 the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”. This International Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about the art of jazz, its roots, its future and its impact.

This important international art form is celebrated 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 for social change.

An Introduction to Jazz

with Herbie Hancock, James Morrison and Hancock Institute Fellows


UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and internationally renowned trumpeter and bandleader James Morrison lead a master class exploring the history and artistry of jazz music.


*SOURCE: United Nations. Go to ORIGINAL.


2020 #JazzDayAtHome

The virtual global concert goes live on 30 April 2020 at 3pm EST.

2020 Human Wrongs Watch

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