UNESCO International Jazz Day Concerts

Logo UNESCO JazzFree event in Melbourne |  UNESCO International Jazz Day – Monday 30th April

UNESCO Ambassador Herbie Hancock has instigated a new International Day – dedicated to Jazz and Monday 30 April is the inaugural event!

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, has said “Jazz has been a force for positive social transformation throughout its history, and it remains so today” (source: UNESCO website)

Internationally there will be events occurring on that day to celebrate jazz.Here’s a selection of events happening around Australia too!

In Melbourne between midday and 2pm in Melbourne’s City Square (Swanston Street), Allan Browne, Michelle Nicolle, Stephen Magnusson, Ronny Ferella, Howard Cairns, Adam Simmons, Travis Woods will play at a free lunchtime concert.

In Perth, the International Jazz Day event presented by The Ellington Jazz Club, The Perth Jazz Society, The Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz department at WAPPA and JAZZWA and will feature performances by some of Perths’ leading Jazz professionals including Jamie Oehlers, Graham Wood, Allira Wilson, Carl Mackey, Ricki Malet, Jeremy Greig, Karl Florisson and Jacob Evans. Also an outstanding ensemble of Jazz students from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts – Saffron Sharp (Vocals), Luke Minness (Saxophone), Oliver Christie (Bass), Jeremy Thomson (Guitar) and Phil Stroud (drums)

In Devonport they’re celebrating early, on Saturday 28 April at the Shearwater Resort. 7.30pm at the Wave Bar with
Victor Zapner, Fred Bradshaw, Mia Palencia

Sydney‘s 2SER is celebrating with a live broadcast of ‘On The Corner’ from The Loft Bar. See more on the 2SER website >

James Morrison will join Brisbane jazz musicians in a ‘New Orleans inspired 2nd line street parade’ at 12 noon in King George Square Brisbane on Monday 30 April. The parade will be followed by an afternoon of events including performances by Scat Jazz Band, various local artists and also a Qld Jazz Archives public display at the State Library of Queensland Southbank. See more on the Jazz Queensland website >

See jazzday.com for more information about the inaugural UNESCO International Jazz Day