Istanbul hosts International Jazz Day 2013

The second International Jazz Day is hosted by Istanbul on 30 April with contributions from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Al Jarreau

In 2011 UNESCO officially designated 30 April as "International Jazz Day", inaugurated in 2012 with the first Jazz Day concert. This year Jazz Day will be hosted by Istanbul, Turkey, with a raft of globe-trotting musicians taking part.

Last year's concert, hosted in Paris, featured artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Benson and Christian McBride in a celebration at the city's UNESCO headquarters. This year's line-up includes Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Robert Glasper, Imer Demirer (pictured) and Dianne Reeves, among many others.

With a main evening concert in Istanbul's Hagia Irene on 30 April plus around 80 other events taking place around the world, International Jazz Day is intended as a global celebration of jazz music and its roots.

Herbie Hancock (the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue) described International Jazz Day as "a means to highlight, support, and leverage the unifying attributes of music through worldwide celebratory events". Hancock headlines the event and along with Wayne Shorter will kick off Jazz Day with an early morning performance in Istanbul, followed by the evening concert itself at Hagia Irene.

Other global events taking place on the day include 10 jazz concerts in Mexico, a seminar and concert in Copenhagen, and jam sessions and workshops in Swaziland, with more to be announced over the coming weeks.

You can find out more about International Jazz Day, including how you can participate locally, at

Sally Evans-Darby

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