Technology Amplifies Jazz Around the World

International Jazz Day sparks will be at a social distance this year — virtually. Jazz celebrations normally abound worldwide to close out the month of April. Physical events are cancelled due to COVID-19, but Jazz Day festivities are going on with Jazz Day at Home virtual events from artists around the world!


International Jazz Day 2020 will take place virtually online and be hosted by Herbie Hancock. The day’s centerpiece will be a virtual Global Concert featuring artists from across the globe, streamed live on jazzday.comThe concert will begin at 3:00 pm US eastern time and will feature performances by Marcus Miller, Lang Lang, Charlie Puth, Cécile McLorin Salvant, John McLaughlin, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sibongile Khumalo, Alune Wade, John Beasley, Ben Williams, Lizz Wright, John Scofield, Igor Butman, Evgeny Pobozhiy, Youn Sun Nah, A Bu, Jane Monheit, and Joey DeFrancesco, among others.

Jazz Day sparks at social distance

Jazz Day as a Response to Social Isolation

Jazz Day at Home will also address how IJD and art in general can be a relevant response to the social isolation precipitated by the current public health crisis. Via a panel hosted by Nate Chinen, Director of Editorial Content for WBGO and chief jazz contributor to NPR Music, participants include GRAMMY Award-winning bassist and composer Marcus Miller and legendary South African vocalist Sibongile Khumalo. A live audience will be able to submit questions throughout the session. NPR will co-host a live stream of the virtual International Jazz Day activities.

“These are unprecedented times for world citizens and we are most grateful for the support, understanding and partnership of our Jazz Day community…Now more than ever before, let’s band together and spread the ethics of Jazz Day’s global movement around the planet and use this as a golden opportunity for humankind to reconnect, especially in the midst of all this isolation and uncertainty.” — Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue & Co-Chair of International Jazz Day 2020

Jazz Day Educational Activities

Leading up to the virtual Global Concert, there will be a free series of educational masterclasses, children’s activities and discussions via web conference featuring renowned educators and jazz artists, streamed live via

For the full roster of virtual events taking place around the world, visit the Jazz Day website at jazzdayathome.

jazz day closes out April sparks

International Jazz Day is also the finale to Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) which draws attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. The 2020 theme highlights the dynamic role of the often-overlooked contributions that women have made to jazz, both on and off the stage. As performers and conductors, educators, and producers and directors of jazz festivals, women have made their mark but have continued to struggle for recognition on par with their male counterparts.

jazz has played in the transformative role in social justice, musicians rights and equality.

Socially Sparked

Jazz has Socially Sparked our lives through the centuries and continues to play an important and integral role in the world as messenger of social justice disseminated in brilliant musical artistry. — We are Socially Sparked! Tweet us @sosparkednews

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