The inaugural International Jazz Day will be celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30, and will begin with an all-star sunrise concert at 7am in New Orleans’ Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz.
A number of jazz luminaries along with Hancock, including Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Kermit Ruffins, Bill Summers, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dr. Michael White, and Roland Guerin will play the concert April 30, which coincides with the last day of what has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month in the U.S., and follows the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Hancock plans to perform his classic “Watermelon Man” with high school students. The concert will open with ritual drumming led by Luther Gray and conclude with a traditional second line with Treme Brass Band.
In partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the initiative aims to encourage and recognize jazz music as a universal language of freedom. All-star concerts will be held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris at the official kick-off on April 27, and begin in the United States at sunrise in New Orleans at Congo Square and conclude at sunset in New York City at the United Nations General Assembly Hall.
Stay tuned as we tell you more about the live broadcast of this event by WWOZ!
For more information about International Jazz Day, check out the UNESCO website.
HBO’s Treme, currently filming in New Orleans, will host the 3rd Annual “My Darlin’ New Orleans” Auction and Celebrity Gala benefiting Sweet Home New Orleans, The Roots of Music, and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Assistance Foundation. Guests of this unique event will walk the red carpet and mingle with the cast and crew of Treme.
11am-7:15pm both days
WWOZ will host a live video stream of the Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium on Saturday March 24 from 10am to 1pm. This year's Syposium features renowned local and national scholars and tradition bearers including Robert Farris Thompson, William Ferris, Freddie Evans, Tito Sompas, Joyce Marie Jackson, Shannon Powell and Felice Guimont.
WWOZ will be hosting the live video stream of the Symposium.
Pull yourself off the floor, wipe the glitter from your eyes and get yourself out to a post-Mardi Gras live broadcast with the Brass-A-Holics "Gogo Brass Funk" Band! We'll be over at Le Bon Temps with Let's Be Totally Clear, having an awesome, smoke-free time and starting off Lent the right way with a beat-thumping good time!