In 2011, UNESCO declared April 30th as “International Jazz Day” for its ability to “unite people all over the world.”
In November 2011 to General Conference, the importance and unquestionable value of jazz style was recognized – ” jazz is a means to develop and increase intercultural exchanges and understanding between cultures for the purpose of mutual comprehension.”
In 2017, Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Melissa Aldana, Tarek Yamani, Antonio Hart, Regina Carter and other dozens of artists joined the celebrations in Havana, Cuba. In addition to cultural events, this celebration had also an educational role.
This year, the International Jazz Day will be brought to life in Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Cyrille Aimée (France), Oleg Akkuratov (Russia), Till Brönner (Germany), Oleg Butman (Russia), Terri Lyne Carrington (USA), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Joey DeFrancesco (USA), Vadim Eilenkrig Elling (USA), Antonio Faraò (Italy), James Genus (USA), Robert Glasper (USA), David Goloschyokin (Russia), Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Gilad Hekselman (Israel), Horacio Hernandez Japan), Anatoly Kroll (Russia), Gaoyang Li (China), Rudresh Mahanthappa (USA), Manhattan Transfer (USA), Branford Marsalis (USA), James Morrison Ozone (Japan), Danilo Pérez (Panama), Dianne Reeves (USA), Lee Ritenour (USA), Luciana Souza (Brazil), Ben Williams (USA), are just some of those who will create the magical atmosphere of jazz.