How Did YOU Celebrate International Jazz Day?
The first ever International Jazz Day was on Monday, April 30th. Last November, UNESCO decided to dedicate a day to highlight the cultural importance of jazz. It’s such a unique blend of cultures and traditions, and UNESCO wanted a way to celebrate the significance of jazz in a way that will remember the greats of the past while encouraging new performers and fans to take part in this amazing art form.
We’d love to hear what you did to celebrate this great day. Take a look at some of the videos of these historic performances celebrating this huge day in the jazz world: http://jazzday.com/videos/
The New Orleans Jazz Fest kicked off on Monday, maybe you were there or following along online? Or perhaps you took in a local show or just listened to your favorite artists while at work? Share how you participated either in the comments here or on our Facebook page. Jazz is a universal art form, and we’d love to hear how our fans, who are spread across the globe, took part in celebrating.
Forgot about the day? It’s okay, it was the first time it was celebrated, and we’re hoping it will grow as the years go on. We’d love a vote for Best Jazz Act in Boston to make it up (wink, wink). You can vote for us here. Every vote helps.
I’m celebrating jazz at least once or twice a week lately here in the Greater Atlantic City area, so though I didn’t know it was Int’l. Jazz Day, probably I celebrated it without even knowing it by attending a performance. We’re lucky in this coastal NJ area to have some great volunteers who work to “keep the jazz alive and flourishing” by running various “friends of jazz” organizations like the Somers Point Jazz Society, the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation”, and a new org’ getting going a bit north in central NJ. Oh and I forgot the Cape May jazz festival folks. They are alive and well too, and they are going to duplicate their famous Cape May jazz festival in Philly sometime in Sept. I heard. These groups of unpaid volunteers or minimal paid staff are an important glue between the area musicians and the area restaurants and other performance venues. So today in this reply I’m sending out a big THANK YOU to them since jazz listeners and jazz performers both benefit greatly from their ongoing good work. The stronger they get and more tied together they become, the better things will be!
Thanks for sharing!