Today is International Jazz Day

John Coltrane performs on stage at the Half Note club, New York, 1965. (Photo by Adam Ritchie/Redferns)

Hey! All you Cool Cats!

It is International Jazz Day!

❛Life is a lot like jazz. It’s best when you improvise.❜

George Gershwin

source: Wikipedia

International Jazz Day is an International Day declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.”[1] It is celebrated annually on April 30.[2] The idea came from jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. Jazz Day is chaired by Hancock and the UNESCO Director-General. The celebration is recognized on the calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.[3][4]

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, an American NGO also chaired by Hancock, is the lead organizational partner for Jazz Day. The Institute coordinates activities in the UNESCO member states as well as the Global Host Celebration. Events in the Host City culminate in an All-Star Global Concert, which involves over two-dozen jazz musicians from around the world performing in or around an historical landmark.

Yeah….Yeah….. I know the U.N. is involved!……. Just listen to the music!

Louis Armstrong

Some Calamity Jane jazz faves!

Calamity Jane