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International Jazz Day: April 30th


The Day

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.

Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized 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 in enacting social change.

The Month

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.

Local Participation

Brian Nova leads the Fantasy Big Band debut at the LIT Lounge in Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA. This event celebrates the successful completion of the first year of monthly jazz concerts at the southern Californian resort. The concert series “Jazz at the Twelve” is a unique gift from the tribal council that owns and operates the casino—the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians—to the local California Desert communities, their hotel guests, and the general public.

brownian productions™ is spreading the word about International Jazz Day and encouraging everyone to tune in to the live broadcast Global Concert from St. Petersburg, Russia on April 30th.

The Concert

In addition to the legend-laden music festival, with performances by the likes of Herbie Hancock, The Manhattan Transfer, and Dianne Reeves, there are also thousands of participating events all across the globe. From tiny listening parties in private homes to massive multi-day festivals, the impact of jazz music can be heard in every corner of the world on this day of its celebration. Participation is free, easy and open to everyone.

The Nation

The host nation for this year’s Jazz Day concert is particularly poignant considering the current state of international politics. The Russian Federation is the host and the recent, shaky diplomatic relations between the RF and several other countries just serves to sharpen the point that music bridges the cultural and political divides that separate us.

The City

The host city, long considered Russia’s cultural capital, is St. Petersburg and it has played a vital role in the development of the jazz scene in Russia. It started in 1927 with the appearance of the “First Concert Jazz Band” at the St. Petersburg State Capella, followed by the creation of the first jazz collective in 1929.

To this day it’s the only city in the country to have a Jazz Philharmonic Hall.

The Venue

Home to the Mariinsky Ballet, this historic theater hosts the 2018 Jazz Day Global Concert

The venue for the Global Concert is the Mariinsky Theatre, home to the acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet and one of the most cherished landmarks in a place known for its UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Nearly three dozen acclaimed artists representing 14 countries will be performing at the global concert.

Herbie Hancock (USA) and Igor Butman (Russia) will serve as co-artistic directors, and John Beasley (USA) will serve as musical director.

Additional confirmed artists include:

Cyrille Aimée (France), Oleg Akkuratov (Russia), Till Brönner (Germany), Oleg Butman (Russia), Terri Lyne Carrington (USA), Joey DeFrancesco (USA), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Vadim Eilenkrig (Russia), Kurt Elling (USA), Antonio Faraò (Italy), James Genus (USA), Robert Glasper (USA), David Goloschyokin (Russia), Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Gilad Hekselman (Israel), Horacio Hernandez (Cuba), Taku Hirano (Japan), Anatoly Kroll(Russia), Gaoyang Li (China), Rudresh Mahanthappa (USA), The Manhattan Transfer (USA), Branford Marsalis (USA), James Morrison  (Australia), Moscow Jazz Orchestra (Russia), Makoto Ozone (Japan), Danilo Pérez(Panama), Dianne Reeves (USA), Lee Ritenour (USA), Luciana Souza (Brazil) and Ben Williams (USA), among others.