Sunday, April 30, 2017

Schools ! Celebrate the International Jazz Day playing !

International Jazz Day 2017

"Today, we celebrate the international art form of jazz and its power to promote dialogue among cultures, to make the most of diversity, to deepen respect for human rights and all forms of expression."

Irina Bokova, Director-general of UNESCO

The sixth annual International Jazz Day, is celebrated worldwide on April 30, 2017.

International Jazz Day celebrates jazz music as a tool for making connections between people around the world. Through the magic of collective improvisation, jazz allows both listeners and performers to get to know each other, no matter their language or what country or culture they come from.

Havana, Cuba, will serve as the International Jazz Day 2017 Global Host City.


International Jazz Day

Many acclaimed musicians and educators from Cuba and around the world will participate in free jazz performances, master classes, improvisational workshops, jam sessions and community outreach initiatives. 

Programs will take place at schools, arts venues, community centers, jazz clubs and parks across the city of Havana and throughout Cuba beginning on Monday, April 24th and leading up to the festivities on April 30th.  

Additionally, jazz history and education programs will be provided for tens of thousands of students in over 11,000 schools across Cuba. These programs will be among the thousands of International Jazz Day live performances, educational activities, and community service programs taking place in more than 190 countries on all continents.

The day will culminate with an All-Star Global Concert presented at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. 

The concert will be live streamed by UNESCO and will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the international art form of jazz.


  • "Jazz is an expression of creativity and diversity"

Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;

  • Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;

  • Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;

  • Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;

  • Jazz fosters gender equality

  • Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;

  • Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;

  • Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.

  • It contributes to:

  • Integrate Culture in Sustainable Development Frameworks

  • Promote Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

  • Protect and promote the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

  • Resources:

In celebration of Jazz Day 2017, Oiid is offering a special preview activation of their educational platform, free to all users.

Marcus Miller
via Mezzo

Try a short version of "ooh" by Marcus MillerClick the album cover to launch the online version of oiid.

Students can also get the full version of the song for free in the oiid app for their mobile or tablet:

screenshot ooid app

oiid is a brand new multitrack format made out of pure passion for music. It lets you interact, play and discover songs in a way you have never done before.

A song more than often consists of several tracks. Like bass, guitar, drums and vocals. With oiid you control the original layers in a song.

You can use the technology in oiid to explore, play instruments or just play around

It's up to you, really!

screenshot ooid app

  • Play around with the mixer to isolate each instrument.
  • Take singing and playing along with your favourite songs to a new level.
  • Isolate the guitar, learn the chords and once you’ve got it: play along with the rest of the band.
  • You can easily download new oiid songs as in-app purchases, whenever you want fresh music to play with.
  • Listen to vocals and instruments one by one, or mute them to join in.
  • Flip through box-fresh tunes, check out the classics and get access to exclusive content.

credits: UNESCO

Some thoughts:

Since  2012, the 1st International Jazz DayVocational Jazz Education has a voice! Musicians, educators, students of schools Jazz from around the world can celebrate the recognition of the Music they teach and learn.

They will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

UNESCO invite students and schools from around the world to join in the celebration of International Jazz Day and play at the schools concerts.

Ella 100/ A Centennial Celebration

  • Some possible activities to teachers and students:

  • Play jazz recordings or video clips and have students write or share their reflections.
  • Discuss how jazz inspires peace, unity, teamwork and communication.
  • Organize a jazz-themed performance by your school band or choir. For example celebrate Ella Fitzgerald 100.
  • Create a class mural or decorate your classroom with jazz-inspired drawings or posters (of instruments or musicians, for example).
  • Explore the mathematical basis of the swing rhythm.
  • Research the history of jazz in your town or city. What makes jazz in your area unique?
  • Develop your own lesson plan centered around jazz – and let us know how it turns out!

If you are thinking to perform on Jazz Day, visit and let know the link and the musicians and where you perform and for how many people on this map

Your videos and your photos will be posted right on

Ella Fitzgerald

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald’s birthday (April 25, 1917), and “The First Lady Of Song” will be celebrated across the world until April 2018 with prestigious exhibits, a trove of new music releases and myriad independent tributes and concerts as a part of the Ella 100 centennial celebration.

I am huge fan of Jazz! So you will find some interesting posts about Jazz & musicians on this blog.

"Jazz is really about the human experience. It’s about the ability of human beings to take the worst of circumstances and struggles and turn it into something creative and constructive. "

Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador


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