Jazz is a musical art form embraced all over the world. For more than a century, jazz has helped soothe and uplift the souls of millions of people all over the globe. Jazz is a uniquely American musical style that emerged out of the slave experience, primarily in the southern United States. It is deeply rooted in the rich musical, and cultural traditions of Africa, and is heavily influenced by European music.
The initiative to create an International Day of Jazz came from the American Jazz pianist, composer, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogues, Herbie Hancock.
Why International Jazz Day?
- 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 tension 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.
April 30 has been designated as International Jazz Day by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
To that respect, we invite you to come celebrate International Jazz Day with us at House of Freeda on Friday, 29th April 2016, as we pay tribute to the rich jazz culture, legends and composers.