International Jazz Day


Aired: 2019-04-26 0:30 Rating: TV-G

More than two dozen world-renowned artists come together for an extraordinary concert.

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More than two dozen world-renowned artists come together for an extraordinary International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from Saint Petersburg’s spectacular Mariinsky Theatre. International Jazz Day is the one day each year that jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities in 195 countries on all seven continents.

The All-Star Global Concert highlights a remarkable meeting of jazz masters from Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mali, Morocco, Panama, Russia and the United States. The concert’s many historic moments include an unforgettable performance by legendary jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, along with Jazz Day debuts by Malian phenom Fatoumata Diawara and Moroccan sintir master Hassan Hakmoun.

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Imbued with musical influences from six continents, the program spans genres from bebop to hip-hop — from a swinging rendition of “Too Close for Comfort,” featuring vocalists Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling with organist Joey DeFrancesco, to a groove-soaked reading of “Stella By Starlight” with pianist Robert Glasper, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Jazz Day Co-Chair Herbie Hancock blazes through “You’ve Got It Bad Girl” alongside Branford Marsalis and Russian sax icon Igor Butman, while pianist-vocalist Oleg Akkuratov and Australian brass virtuoso James Morrison get the audience moving in their seats with the jazz classic “It Could Happen To You.” Capping the spirit of harmony and unity that pervades the evening, the entire ensemble joins in a passionate performance of John Lennon’s iconic anthem “Imagine.”

For more than a century, the truly American music of jazz has promoted peace, diversity, individual expression, dialogue among cultures, and respect for human dignity. International Jazz Day highlights the unifying attributes of this music through live performances, education programs and special events worldwide. International Jazz Day was first celebrated in 2012, and is recognized on the official calendars of both the United Nations and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Each year on April 30, universities, libraries, schools, arts centers, organizations of all disciplines, artists, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world honor this revered musical art form that for decades has brought together people of different cultures, religions and nationalities. For more information about this show, visit

"International Jazz Day" was produced by Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and WTTW.

"International Jazz Day" is made possible by major support from Toyota. Additional funding provided by Carnival Foundation, Dalio Foundation, William C. Powers, and Lynda Thomas.

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