London celebrations

International Jazz Day – Tomás Escobar Hampton School

This Saturday, April 30 marks International Jazz Day, founded in 2011 by UNESCO, to allow jazz musicians around the world to enjoy and celebrate the art of jazz, as part of Jazz Appreciation Month. . With pianist Herbie Hancock and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay as leaders, International Jazz Day promotes dialogue between cultures, peace and freedom of expression through this art form shared for over 10 years. years.

As part of International Jazz Day this year, hundreds of events are taking place in more than 190 countries, including the “All-Star Global Concert”, which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and will feature featured a number of great jazz musicians from around the world. With Herbie Hancock as host and artistic director, and John Beasley as musical director, the concert will be the main event of the celebrations. A full list of participating artists can be found on their website:, and includes both up-and-coming artists such as Joey Alexander and established names such as Randy Brecker.

Locally in London, several events are taking place this Saturday in honor of International Jazz Day, including the Steve Waterman Quartet playing at Lauderdale House, Liane Carroll at the 606 club, and ‘Together We Go Forward’, an event organized by the World Heart Beat Music Academy which is in partnership with the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy. ‘Together We Go Forward’ will be held at Bridge Academy in North London and will feature students from both academies. Student Zachary Dowlatshahi said, “International Jazz Day is a great opportunity to discover talented new jazz musicians as they take over local venues for an evening. I will watch [the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy] play this Saturday!

In conclusion, International Jazz Day has occupied an important place in the calendars of many jazz musicians in recent years and has helped to give jazz lovers recognition in the world of music and culture, ensuring that the form of art continues to be celebrated for many years to come.