Building peace in the minds of men and women

International Jazz Day

30 April

As the great Nina Simone said, "Jazz is not just music, it is a way of life, it is a way of being, a way of thinking". The story of Jazz is written into the quest for human dignity, democracy and civil rights. It has given strength to the struggle against discrimination and racism. UNESCO believes in the power of Jazz as a force for peace, dialogue and mutual understanding and this is why in November 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 30 April as "International Jazz Day".

This Day is intended to raise awareness of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for empathy, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

  • Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
  • Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
  • Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
  • Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
  • Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.

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Ten-year Anniversary - International Jazz Day
Friday 30 April 2021

All-Star Global Concert

5:00 pm (US EDT), 23:00 (UCT +2) 

streaming live on YouTube Facebook

Hosted by Michael Douglas and
featuring performances by Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Andra Day, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John McLaughlin, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Angelique Kidjo, John Beasley (Musical Director) and many more artists  

Schedule of Free Online Educational Programmes  and performances :

  • 7:00 am (US EDT), 13:00 (UCT +2)  – Atelier virtuel avec Lionel Loueke (French)
  • 9:00 am (US EDT), 15:00 (UCT +2) – Jazz for Kids! with Dee Dee Bridgewater (English)
  • 15:45 (UCT+2) : Alune Wade
  • 10:30 am (US EDT), 16:30 (UCT +2)  – Taller virtual con Antonio Sánchez (Spanish)
  • 11:00 am (US EDT), 17:00 (UCT +2)  – Billy Childs: Composition Master Class (English)
  • 11:30 am (US EDT), 17:30 (UCT +2) – Master Class with Linda May Han Oh (EN)
  • 12:00 pm (US EDT), 18:00 (UCT +2) – Jazz on the ScreenA Conversation on Film Scoring with Herbie Hancock and Kris Bowers | Moderated by Nate Chinen of NPR (English)
  • 1:00 pm (US EDT), 19:00 (UCT +2) – Jazz & Hip-Hop with Terri Lyne Carrington and DJ Khalil (English)
  • 1:30 pm (US EDT), 19:30 (UCT +2)  – What Is Jazz? An Introduction with JB Dyas, PhD (English)
  • 19h40 (GMT+2) - Melissa Aldana
  • 2:00 pm (US EDT), 20:00 (UCT +2) – Jazz Day: A Decade of Inspiration A conversation with Herbie Hancock and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay


"This tenth International Jazz Day is an opportunity to celebrate once again this rich musical tradition. Jazz is a multiple reality, forged through encounters between cultures, instruments and people. For decades, jazz has been vibrating with everything that musicians have put into it, while continuing to invite us to new horizons at the turn of each chord. "

—  Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Jazz Day

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