International Jazz Day is praised on April 30 to mark the culmination of the Jazz Appreciation Month and furthermore to highlight Jazz’s diplomatic role of uniting people across the world.
Jazz is an extremely famous type of music that originated in America in the Twentieth century. Jazz music started in the African American community and advanced as a fluid music form that took numerous shapes. Jazz music is extremely open to interpretation and Jazz artists like to collaborate and freestyle to create Jazz music. Throughout the long term, Jazz has become a significant cultural phenomenon.
Global Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world. Jazz started as a path for oppressed communities to explore and release their emotions.
Last year, the International Jazz Day 2020 Global Host Celebration in Cape Town and other cities across South Africa did not take place as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Theme of International Jazz Day 2021:
On this International Jazz Day 2021, the Jazz Day organisation has arranged a huge online show where a great deal of talented artists and masters of Jazz will join. According to their site, jazzday.com on April 30 start at 5 pm EDT/4 pm CDT, the 2021 All-Star Global Concert will feature a historic lineup of performances by some of the world’s most prominent jazz masters. For the first time ever, in honour of the 10th Anniversary of International Jazz Day, the 2021 Concert showcases artists who will join from a variety of areas all throughout the world–demonstrating the global reach and appeal of this special music.
History of International Jazz Day:
30 April was authoritatively assigned as International Jazz Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in November 2011.The day is led and chaired and led by the Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock. He is an UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialog and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. It is a non-profit based organisation that intends to promote and produce the yearly festival.
Significance of Global Jazz Day:
International Jazz Day is important to know about the roots of jazz, future and effect. It raises awareness to light about the requirement for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. It strengthens international cooperation and communication.
On 30 April consistently International Jazz Day is celebrated to promote peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for the rights of human and human dignity, it also helps in eliminating discrimination, focuses on freedom of expression, promotes gender equality, and not only this it also strengthens the role of youth for social change.
- Jazz promotes freedom of expression.
- Jazz creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance.
- Jazz minimises tensions between individuals, groups and communities.
- Not just this Jazz encourages artistic innovation and improvisation.
- It additionally encourages new forms of expression and develops traditional music forms into new ones.
- Jazz empowers youth from marginalised societies.