On April 27th, the UNESCO First Annual International Jazz Day kicks off its series of events being held around the world.
The official launch is being held at the UNESCO Headquaters in Paris and will feature jazz legend and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock.
In Italy, Rome will be holding its UNESCO International Day of Jazz on April 30th, 2012.
To celebrate, Danilo Rea will be on piano and Enzo Pietropaoli on bass, to the rhythm of Jeff Ballard on drums. Danilo’s Jazz CV reads like a who’s-who of Jazz, having been Italian pop legend Mina’s recordings keyboardist since 1989, and having also worked with the likes of Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Steve Grossman, Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller and Kenny Wheeler.
You can see Danilo Rea playing a beautiful ‘Tribute to Fabrizio De André’.
The UNESCO International Jazz Day is ‘intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people’.
According to UNESCO, the International Jazz Day ‘will bring together performers, educators, governments, experts, and fans alike, as they explore together the history, meaning, impact, and legacy of jazz music throughout the world. The Programme at UNESCO HQ includes open master classes by renowned international jazz musicians, scat improvisational classes for young students, musical performances, conferences, debates and a big evening concert.’
UNESCO explains why it has chosen Jazz as a medium for its Message for International Jazz Day by explaining:
- Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
- Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
- Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;
- Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
- Jazz fosters gender equality;
- Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;
- 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.
To attend the UNESCO International Day of Jazz event in Rome, Italy, simply collect a voucher free of charge from the Parco della Musica Infopoint. This great event in Rome is on Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 8.30 pm at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Petrassi, Rome.
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