International Jazz Day

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When Celebrated

Always on April 30th


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About the Holiday

International Jazz Day celebrates this this popular genre of music and it's history. Research shows this holiday was created in 1991 by musician D. Michael Denny, by United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and some sources say it came from American Jazz pianist, composer, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogues, Herbie Hancock.

Jazz originated in the United States and fuses together African and European musical traditions. The birthplace of jazz is New Orleans, LA. Sub-genres of jazz include early ragtime, swing, and bepop. Irina Bokova, Director General (of the UN) says jazz is "One of the greatest cultural expressions of the 20th century". Famous jazz musicians include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Gift Guidelines

  • Jazz CD
  • Jazz art (may have a saxophone, trumpet, or piano in it)
  • Attend a jazz festival

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