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Paris, France

France is often recognized as the second birthplace of jazz after the United States, and since World War I, Paris has been one of the main centers for the creation and diffusion of jazz worldwide. Thanks to the energy of knowledgeable jazz fans and supporters, the music has not only been listened to and followed, but also analyzed and preserved for its artistic value. The presence of American musicians influenced the development of multiple generations of French jazz musicians, who in turn enriched the genre with their own contributions.

The birth of jazz in France is often said to have coincided with the arrival of the famous Harlem Hellfighters battalion in 1917, the 369th American infantry regiment composed exclusively of black solders, whose orchestra, led by James Reese Europe, could be heard performing the syncopations of ragtime during their long march through the French countryside. The popularity of certain American dances and the interest of composers such as Debussy and Ravel in black American folklore made for an enthusiastic welcome for jazz in the City of Light after the Great War, notably by the artistic intelligentsia of the time.  As a symbol of this enthusiasm for African-American music, the singer and dancer Josephine Baker made an impact on the Paris cultural scene that signaled an evolution in popular interest in black culture – of which jazz was a major part.

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International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert From The United Nations To Air As PBS Television Special On April 10 At 10:00pm

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will broadcast a one-hour television special of the first annual International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert on Friday, April 10 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The concert features extraordinary performances by more than 40 world- renowned artists who gathered at the Uni ...

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UNESCO DIRECTOR-GENERAL IRINA BOKOVA AND UNESCO GOODWILL AMBASSADOR HERBIE HANCOCK ANNOUNCE FOURTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock are pleased to announce the fourth annual International Jazz Day, which will be celebrated around the world on April 30, 2015. Paris, France has been ...

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2015 Events

  • International Jazz Day 2015 in Clusone Scuole Superiori/Teatro Mons. Tomasini
    Clusone (BG)
    Italy
  • A Blues & Jazz Excursion Through Time Ruleville Central High School
    Ruleville, MS
    United States
  • Carlos Bislip Jazz Expo & Renaissance Marketplace Aruba Celebrates International Jazz Day Renaissance Marketplace Aruba
    Oranjestad
    Aruba
  • Free funk form For International Jazz Day Home Studio Live
    Saint samson de bonfosse, Manche
    France
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