Jazz fans, mark you calendars! President Obama and Michelle Obama are hosting the fifth annual International Jazz Day 2016 with and all-star global concert at the White House and one of Los Angeles local jazz master chameleons, John Beasley, will serve as the music director.
The concert featuring an extraordinary array of artists from around the world and from a mix of genres paying tribute to the great American art form of jazz, will be broadcast from the White House Saturday, April 30th as a one-hour primetime ABC television special at 8pm PT/ET time/7pm CT. If you are not in front of a TV, you can watch online at abc.com from anywhere around the world. The full concert will be available after the ABC broadcast on www.jazzday.com.
Herbie Hancock, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Trombone Shorty, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Hugh Masekela, Buddy Guy, Danilo Perez, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Chucho Valdés, Pat Metheny, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Till Brönner, Rebirth Brass Band, Terrace Martin are just a few of the stellar luminaries who will be featured in the concert.
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock said, “We are thrilled that President Obama and Michelle Obama are hosting the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert at the White House, and are truly grateful for their commitment to jazz and its role in building bridges and uniting people around the world. Over the past five years, the innovation and creativity of Jazz Day has been a beacon of light to millions of people who find common ground and communicate through the values inherent in jazz. On April 30th, people of all ages in all corners of the globe will participate in International Jazz Day. A wide range of momentous events will take place in thousands of neighborhoods and the streets will be alive with the sounds of peace and freedom.”
Notable and acclaimed musicians and educators will participate in a day-long series of free jazz performances, master classes, improvisational workshops, roundtable discussions, education programs, jam sessions, and community outreach initiatives at schools, embassies, arts centers, hospitals, museums, social service agencies, jazz clubs, senior centers, metro stations, recreation centers and parks across Washington, D.C. on April 30th. These programs in Washington, D.C. will be among the thousands of International Jazz Day live performances, educational activities, and community service programs taking place in all 50 U.S. states and in more than 190 countries on all seven continents.
“Jazz was born in the US and traveled the world as a music of tolerance, freedom and human dignity. This is why UNESCO created International Jazz Day and we are extremely pleased that in 2016 Washington, DC has been designated the host city for this global celebration, with a unique All Star Concert at the White House, hosted by the President of the United States Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. This event reminds us Jazz is more than music – it is a universal message of peace with rhythm and meaning,” declared the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.
Create your own Jazz Day event and submit it to add to the thousands of global listings or join an existing celebration. For a complete list of events around the world, visit: http://jazzday.com/events/