Hosted by Michael Douglas at UN headquarters in New York, this concert broadcast in over 190 countries is the culmination of the extraordinary celebration marking the 10 th anniversary of International Jazz Day
WASHINGTON , May 3, 2021 / CNW / – With the participation of over 190 countries, the celebration of the 10 th anniversary of International Jazz Day ends with a global concert exceptional all-star gathering millions of people worldwide . Hosted by Michael Douglas and conducted by Artistic Director Herbie Hancock and Music Director John Beasley , the concert brought together renowned artists from over 20 countries. It is thanks to the main partner, Toyota, and the airline partner, United Airlines, that this concert was made possible.
The 2021 global concert produced some memorable moments that exemplify the unifying power of jazz. From New York, singer Veronica Swift and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen kicked off the program with “Sing,” an uplifting tribute to the positive change music can bring to the world. Other outstanding performances included pianist and composer Jacob Collier in London, Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo in Paris , Japanese pianist Junko Onishi in Tokyo , Ivan Lins in Rio de Janeiro and singer and trumpeter Mandisi Dyantyis in Cape Town . The remarkable Los Angeles presentation was capped off with a sensational performance of the song “God Bless The Child” performed by singer Andra Day.
Hosted by Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas from United Nations headquarters in New York City, the 2021 concert showcased jazz as a truly global art form. “Ten years ago, we launched the very first International Jazz Day in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, on the initiative of UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz,” said the Secretary-General. of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. Year after year, it has been a joyful celebration marked not only by music, but also by freedom, diversity and human dignity. These are the values that the United Nations strives to protect and promote around the world. “
UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz presented a series of free educational programs and outreach initiatives throughout the day. At one of the most anticipated events, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock engaged in a moving dialogue on history and heritage of International Jazz Day.
Celebrated on April 30 each year with thousands of concerts and jazz-related programs around the world, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities from seven continents to honor the international art form of jazz and underline its important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity.
SOURCE Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz