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Herbie Hancock Establishing International Jazz Day In April

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Since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in July, renowned jazz pianist, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Herbie Hancock[/lastfm], has been steadfast in establishing a day to celebrate the roots, culture and impact of jazz all over the world.

Herbie’s initiative has been approved and he will be launching the first International Jazz Day this April with star-studded  celebrations in various cities around the world.

[pullquote quote="I hope that this day spreads the joy of spontaneous creation that exists in this music. My feeling is that jazz will be getting its just due." credit="Herbie Hancock "]

“Jazz has been the voice of freedom for so many countries over the past half century,” Hancock said in a telephone interview ahead of Tuesday’s official announcement of International Jazz Day.

“This is really about the international diplomatic aspect of jazz and how it has throughout a major part of its history been a major force in bringing people of various countries and cultures together.”

The International Jazz Day was approved by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and will be celebrated with jazz concerts and events all over the world in Paris, New Orleans, New York and several other countries like Algeria and Uruguay starting on April 27th.

The official International Jazz Day falls on April 30th, in which Herbie has lined up a sunrise concert in the birthplace of jazz at New Orleans’ Congo Square that will feature performances from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Terence Blanchard[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ellis Marsalis[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dr. Michael White[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kermit Ruffins[/lastfm] and the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Treme Brass Brand[/lastfm].

Herbie will then fly to New York City for a sunset concert boasting such luminaries as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wynton Marsalis[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wayne Shorter[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Christian McBride[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Esperanza Spalding[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Jack DeJohnette[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Derek Trucks[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Susan Tedeschi[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimmy Heath[/lastfm]. The event will also be hosted by Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas and Quincy Jones, and be streamed live online via U.N. and UNESCO websites.

“I hope that this day spreads the joy of spontaneous creation that exists in this music,” Hancock said. “My feeling is that jazz will be getting its just due.”

[Source: Billboard]

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