INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY 2017 TO TAKE PLACE APRIL 30TH WORLDWIDE AND IN 2017 GLOBAL HOST CITY HAVANA, CUBA
Paris, Washington, D.C. and Havana – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock announced today the sixth annual International Jazz Day, which will be celebrated worldwide on April 30, 2017. The day will culminate with an All-Star Global Concert presented at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. The concert will be live streamed by UNESCO and will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the international art form of jazz.The musically vibrant and culturally rich city of Havana, Cuba, has been selected to serve as the 2017 Global Host City, presented each year on April 30th. The All-Star Global Concert will have Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés serving as the artistic directors, and John Beasley and Emilio Vega as the evening’s musical co-directors. The Concert will feature stellar performances by a truly international roster of artists including Ambrose Akinmusire (United States), Carl Allen, (United States), Marc Antoine (France), Richard Bona (Cameroon), Till Brönner (Germany), A Bu (China), àíä åòö. “UNESCO is proud to be associated once again with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, as well as with the Instituto Cubano de la Música, to raise the flag for jazz, for freedom, for creativity, for diversity and for unity. This year’s focus on Cuba is testament to the power of jazz to build bridges and join women and men together around shared values and aspirations”, said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.The celebration in Havana of the International Jazz Day in 2017 marks the seventieth anniversary of Cuba’s accession to UNESCO and the foundation of the National Commission for UNESCO.In Bulgaria the International Jazz Day will be celebrated with a concert under the patronage of the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO. The concert will take place on April 30, 2017 at 19:00pm at the concert hall of the National School of Music Lubomir Pipkov. Being an integral part of the world cultural heritage the jazz music is having its own life and authentic interpretation in our country. The concert is an attempt to present to the public the brightest Bulgarian jazz musicians and their original music with a twist of the Bulgarian national musical culture.