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International Jazz Day Recognized Around the World

Apr 30 2013

The Second Annual International Jazz Day All-Star Concert is being held in Istanbul, Turkey today (April 30).  International Jazz Day was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate jazz as a universal language of freedom.  The main concert is being held in Istanbul beginning at 9pm Turkish time, 2pm Eastern Time and features some of the world's top jazz artists including UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, George Duke, Ramsey Lewis, Keiko Matsui, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Hugh Masekela, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller and Esperanza Spalding, among many others.  Additional events are taking place in countries all over the world, including a celebration in New York City at the Louis Armstrong House.  The event is being co-hosted by the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Jazz Journalists Association who will host the party featuring top New York city trumpeters, the premiere of newly discovered recordings from 1961 from Louis Armstrong and a soul-food reception that is free to the public.  To stream the International Jazz Day Concert from Istanbul beginning at 2pm EDT, click here.

Last changed: Apr 30 2013 at 5:50 AM

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