Tuesday, April 30, 2013, marks the second annual International Jazz Day. This year will build on the inaugural International Jazz Day in 2012, when more than one billion people were reached around the world through education programs, live performances and media coverage.
The mission of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which organizes International Jazz Day, is to offer public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the world.
International Jazz Day has been officially designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe each April 30.
This year, Istanbul, Turkey will serve as the Global host city for International Jazz Day, however , variety of programs and events will take place around the world, from Argentina to Zimbabwe and throughout the United States. Participants can share the power of jazz in creating dialogue, unity and peace among diverse cultures and societies. Follow International Jazz Day events or learn how to create a celebration.
Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, April 17, 2013. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)