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04.05.2020 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Herbie Hancock chairs the 9th annual celebration of International Jazz Day with a global virtual concert in collaboration with UNESCO

On the 30 April 2020, prominent UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors and Artists for Peace gathered to celebrate the 9th annual celebration of International Jazz day through a global virtual concert

In 2011, UNESCO officially designated the 30 April International Jazz Day, to raise awareness of the virtues of Jazz as an educational tool, and a force for empathy, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. The 2020 celebration is co-hosted by Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General and Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.  

In her message on the occasion of this Day, Audrey Azoulay recalled the virtues of jazz as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic: “Through jazz we find a closeness that is being made particularly difficult by social distancing measures, because jazz music is a continuous dialogue among the musicians of the band, and also with the listener. This dialogue, gaining from multiple influences and bringing together musical traditions from different continents, thus resonates in all cultures and brings us closer to each other.”

The famous jazz pianist Herbie Hancock opened the virtual concert with a warm message about International Jazz Day and the power of jazz to promote liberty and intercultural dialogue: “a day where people of all ages, ethnicities, genders and beliefs join forces and prove, without a doubt, that our similarities are more powerful than our differences.” He continued with important messages about the pandemic, giving heartfelt thanks to all healthcare and essential workers saving lives by working tirelessly every day, and putting their lives on the frontlines.

The virtual #JazzDayAtHome concert featured video messages and performances from a range of artists and influencers, including UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Artists for Peace Marcus Miller and Danilo Pérez, actor Morgan Freeman, musicians Lang Lang, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Diane Reeves, Gerald Albright, Charlie Puth, amongst many others. The virtual concert was streamed live and seen by millions of people worldwide here.

UNESCO’s Jazz Day participation

The Jazz Day Website

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