International Jazz Day

This page lists 2020 Global Celebrations but many events have been canceled due to COVID-19.  Check individual event websites for information and updates.  Follow on social media #JazzDay #JazzDayAtHome

The 9th annual International Jazz Day worldwide celebration is transitioning to a virtual format for 2020 instead of taking place as previously planned in Cape Town, South Africa and other locations around the world on April 30.  International Jazz Day 2020 will take place online and be hosted by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, with a virtual Global Concert as its centerpiece featuring artists from across the globe, streamed live on The concert includes artists like Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jane Monheit, John Beasley, Lee Ritenour, Lizz Wright, John Scofield, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Diane Reeves, Joey DeFrancesco and many more.  #JazzDayAtHome

Top jazz artists will lead interactive educational sessions in six languages.  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

Ella Fitzgerald said, “Music is the universal language…it brings people closer together.”  On International Jazz Day there will be a special tribute to #JazzDay on Ella’s Facebook page.

On April 30 at 10:30 a.m. PT, South Africa’s First Lady of Song, Sibongile Khumalo, joins UNESCO Artist for Peace Marcus Miller in a discussion of how jazz is relevant to the current pandemic, and why causes like International Jazz Day are needed now more than ever.  Moderated by Nate Chinen, Director of Editorial Content for WBGO Jazz 88.3 and chief jazz contributor to NPR Music.

Get more information on these and more events on the International Jazz Day Facebook page.

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