The International Jazz Day Global Concert 2019

Six people stand together on a dark stage playing musical instruments

International Jazz Day All-Stars (from left) Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Somi, Igor Butman, James Morrison, Lizz Wright and Jane Monheit perform during the 2019 Global Concert in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images for Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

The All-Star Global Concert brings together a stellar lineup of international artists representing jazz and many other genres of music for a performance that spans styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, each year’s All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance both to the Global Host City and the hosting nation.

The 2019 All-Star Global Concert took place in Melbourne, Australia’s Hamer Hall at the renowned Arts Centre Melbourne. Watch exclusive clips from the concert here.

As the centerpiece of International Jazz Day’s global programming, the 2019 Global Concert included a litany of extraordinary performances, from the captivating show opener by trumpeter James Morrison and didgeridooist Will Barton, to a rousing gospel-infused medley by rising star vocalist Lizz Wright, to swinging numbers featuring jazz icons Kurt Elling and Jane Monheit alongside some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians. The evening concluded with a moving rendition of John Lennon’s anthem “Imagine” led by International Jazz Day Co-Chair and 2019 co-artistic director Herbie Hancock.

Heading the lineup alongside Hancock was acclaimed trumpeter and fellow co-artistic director James Morrison (Australia) with John Beasley (USA) serving as the evening’s musical director. The concert featured  an international roster of artists from more than a dozen countries, including Cieavash Arian (Iran), William Barton (Australia), Brian Blade (USA), A Bu (China), Igor Butman (Russian Federation), Theo Croker (USA), Joey DeFrancesco (USA), Eli Degibri (Israel), Kurt Elling (USA), James Genus (USA), Paul Grabowsky (Australia), Antonio Hart (USA), Matthew Jodrell (Australia), Aditya Kalyanpur (India), Ledisi (USA), Jane Monheit (USA), James Muller (Australia), Eijiro Nakagawa (Japan), Mark Nightingale (United Kingdom), Jeff Parker (USA), Chico Pinheiro (Brazil), Tineke Postma (Netherlands), Eric Reed (USA), Antonio Sánchez (Mexico), Somi (USA), Ben Williams (USA), Lizz Wright (USA) and Tarek Yamani (Lebanon).

Read the 2019 Wrap Release.

Read about previous All-Star Global Concerts: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Look Who Was In Melbourne, Australia

A Bu
Cieavash Arian
William Barton
John Beasley (Musical Director)
Brian Blade
Igor Butman
Theo Croker
Joey DeFrancesco
Eli Degibri
Kurt Elling
James Genus
Herbie Hancock
Antonio Hart
Matthew Jodrell
Aditya Kalyanpur
Ledisi
Jane Monheit
James Morrison
James Muller
Eijiro Nakagawa
Mark Nightingale
Chico Pinheiro
Tineke Postma
Eric Reed
Antonio Sánchez
Somi
Ben Williams
Tarek Yamani