Main Jazz Day Events hosted by Japan in Osaka
Spurred by the success of the first two celebrations, UNESCO, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (TMIJ) will be organizing the third International Jazz Day on April 30th, 2014. This day is destined to raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz’s virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples.
Osaka is the official host city for 2014. Given its legendary history as "Japan’s jazz Mecca” in the early to mid-1920s, Osaka is an ideal choice to serve as the International Jazz Day Global Host City. The historic commercial and cultural center of Japan, Osaka has played a central role in the development of jazz traditions in Japan. Osaka’s major early figures in jazz include composer Hattori Ryōichi and trumpeter Nanri Fumio, nicknamed the “Satchmo of Japan” by Louis Armstrong. Both were born in Osaka and gained experience playing in the dance halls and cabarets of the city’s Dōtonbori district. Today, Osaka continues to play an important role in the ongoing development of jazz in Japan.
The year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of UNESCO Slave Route Project, consecrated to the theme, “Assume the past, understand the present, build the future together.” This constitutes yet another highlight of the event that the United Nations will surely support. Africa, whence jazz draws its origins, will thus be doubly honoured this year.
In April 2012, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and TMIJ spearheaded and organized the historical events which took place around the world where jazz legends gathered together for key events at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York, as well as at the emblematic Congo Square in New Orleans. From Algiers to Buenos Aires, from Kuala Lumpur to Warsaw, from Lomé to Santo Domingo, more than a hundred countries celebrated this day.
After the UNESCO General Conference in November 2011, April 30th was declared International Jazz Day.
Jazz embodies the spirit of UNESCO. It brings people together and builds peace, tolerance and understanding. It has been the soundtrack for positive social change, from the fight against racism to the struggle for democracy.
ALL STARS JAZZ EVENING CONCERT IN OSAKA, APRIL 30, 2014
Osaka-Jo Hall : The largest hall in western Japan, consisting of an arena hall with a maximum capacity of 16,000 spectators, is located within the lush green Osaka Castle Park approximately 500 meters northeast of the dungeon. It was built in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the construction of Osaka Castle, and its biggest feature is that it can provide a venue for a wide variety of events, including concerts. It is regarded as an international treasure for music lovers.
Born in Japan, Terumasa Hino is a jazz trumpeter with a career spanning over five decades.
The legendary American jazz pianist and composer is the force behind UNESCO’s International Jazz Day.
Born in Brooklyn, NYC, Marcus Miller is a multi-instrumentalist and has collaborated with some of the greatest names in Jazz.
Join the celebration
Organize a jazz concert in your community with local musicians and students.
Teachers, you may choose to center part of your classes around jazz. You could consider discussing jazz music and musicians, videos, concerts, or even documentaries.
Encourage your local community to participate by organizing seminars, photo exhibitions or film and video screenings.
Talk about jazz! Do some research on the history and legacy of jazz throughout the years, and engage in discussion with your children or your friends about what you have learned.
Memory of the World
Claude Nob's Legacy: Documentary heritage of 5000 hours of concerts, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival and recommended for inclusion in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2013