Istanbul is the official host city for 2013. Turkey has an age-old tradition of jazz. Munir Ertegun, Turkish Republic’s first ambassador to Washington in the 1930s, opened his embassy’s parlors to African American jazz musicians, who gathered there to play freely in a socio-historical context which was deeply divided by racial segregation at the time. Inspired by this legacy, the ambassador’s sons, Ahmet and Nesuhi, went on to establish the United States’ first jazz and gospel label in 1947 - Atlantic Records - which was seminal in spreading the beauty of jazz music around the world.
Video Message of Irina Bokova, UNESCO's Director General
Video Message of Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador & Chairman of Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz(20 sec)
How you can participate to International Jazz Day ?
Culture-centered projects on cultural diversity, dialogue and exchange, cultural heritage, jazz in cultural and creative industries, status and social condition of jazz musicians. Musical events can be organized for the Day. The musical events already scheduled and taking place on 30 April could be occasions to remind and give visibility to the International Jazz Day.
- Jazz-related themes could be discussed through round tables, publications, blogs, book fairs, exhibitions, happenings
- The Ministry of Culture could organize a nation-wide forum on jazz on their website
- A public radio discussion on the future of jazz music in your country
- Record labels and publishing houses could organize a seminar on the business of jazz music
- A seminar organized at music conservatories with music professionals
- Small community jazz concerts organized by the municipalities
- Youth clubs could hold a jazz concert or screen a jazz concert on DVD
- Music schools could be encouraged to organize public concerts for schools
- Music students might give demonstrations or convene discussion groups with students
- The National Commission of your country might organize a concert in partnership with local conservatories
Educational initiatives promoting the history and presenting practices of jazz (origin and transformation, global spread, social inclusion, women’s empowerment, improving technique).
- Teachers (primary and secondary level) may choose to center part of their classes on jazz. Jazz music and jazz videos (concerts, fiction, documentaries) could be discussed
- Literary, artistic or video contests could be organized
- Special scholarships for jazz or jazz-related studies could be offered on the occasion of the Day
- Organize a classroom discussion on the origins of jazz
- Organize a classroom listening session - teachers can bring in a CD, or can log into a UNESCO Jazz Day website for further information
- Organize a classroom exchange/debate with other schools via the UNESCO associated schools network
Social and human sciences projects focusing on the links between jazz and human and cultural rights, social inclusion, communities, migration, urbanization and other social issues.
- Seminars, university classes and round tables (in person or online) could be organized in this context
- Publications (reviews, books, and blogs) can be dedicated to those issues
- Organize a discussion/student presentation on liberation movements and the role of jazz music
- Organize a discussion/student presentation on women's emancipation and jazz music
Communication and information initiatives that concentrate on the links between traditional and/or contemporary media, ICT and jazz.
24 Apr 2013 - Concert in honour of the General Assembly Committee on Information
ALL STARS JAZZ EVENING CONCERT IN ISTANBUL, APRIL 30, 2013
Hagia Irene church (Istanbul):Dating back to the 4th century, the Hagia Irene, located in the outer courtyard of Topkapi Palace – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is regarded as an international treasure for music lovers.