It’s the last day of Jazz Appreciation Month, and the second annual International Jazz Day. It’s been a wonderful Jazz April!
I hope you’ve enjoyed and possibly even learned something from the daily posts I’ve made on Robin’s Nest Jazz blog, celebrating the great jazz artists whose birthdays are in April.
Worldwide events and activities for International Jazz Day are listed here.
This year’s International Jazz Day Global Concert will be webcast live from Istanbul at 2pm ET (11am PT) today. The line-up is as impressive as any I’ve ever seen, including: pianists John Beasley, George Duke, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Keiko Matsui and Eddie Palmieri; vocalists Rubén Blades, Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento, Dianne Reeves and Joss Stone; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Imer Demirer and Hugh Masekela; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Ben Williams; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Vinnie Colaiuta; guitarists Bilal Karaman, John McLaughlin, Lee Ritenour and Joe Louis Walker; saxophonists Dale Barlow, Igor Butman, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Liu Yuan; clarinetists Anat Cohen and Hüsnü Şenlendirici; violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; Pedrito Martinez and Zakir Hussain on percussion and other special guests.
See the webcast here: http://live.jazzday.com/
If you can’t fit the live webcast into your schedule, most likely the video will be archived at the International Jazz Day site, where you can also find last year’s concerts: morning concert from Congo Square in New Orleans and evening concert in Paris.