International Jazz Day observed globally on 30 April

International Jazz Day is observed globally on 30 April every year. The day aims to create awareness around the world of the virtues of jazz as a force of peace, unity, dialogue, and enhanced cooperation among people, and an educational tool. This year is the 9th edition of  International Jazz Day.

The online celebration of International Jazz Day 2020 will be hosted by Herbie Hancock. Herbie Hancock is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and internationally renowned trumpeter and bandleader James Morrison leads a master class exploring the history and artistry of jazz music.

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What is Jazz?

The musical form of Jazz was developed by African Americans. It was influenced by both European harmonic structure and African rhythms. It originated in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

History of International Jazz Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed 30 April as International Jazz Day on November 2011. The day was designated to bring together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts from across the world to celebrate and learn about the art of jazz and its impact.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO formation: 4 November 1946.
  • UNESCO Headquarters: Paris, France.

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