In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we urge our organizers around the world to prioritize health and safety and follow all local public health directives to help arrest the spread of this deadly disease.
Many partners have scheduled their 2020-2021 International Jazz Day programs for a later date, pending the abatement of the current global pandemic. These postponed events will be gratefully recognized as official celebrations of International Jazz Day.
For the 10th Anniversary celebration, we hosted the second virtual celebration of International Jazz Day on jazzday.com. Visit our Global Submissions page to watch incredible at-home performances, video greetings and other expressions of solidarity submitted by our organizers around the world. Watch online educational sessions featuring artists like Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lionel Loueke, Antonio Sánchez, Terri Lyne Carrington and Herbie Hancock. And don’t forget to rewatch the spectacular Virtual Global Concert, hosted by Michael Douglas!
Other Ways to Participate
There are many ways to celebrate International Jazz Day even while social distancing. Here are 10 examples:
- Like/Follow International Jazz Day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on how people are celebrating around the world. Exchange with others about jazz’s impact, share posts and re-tweet material to your friends. Make sure to use #JazzDay in your message!
- Have a virtual lesson with a jazz musician in your area. Can’t find a local musician? Check out online resources like Coursera and YouTube for some great, free videos on key topics like jazz history and improvisation.
- Do some research on the history of jazz music in your country, including any significant musicians, and share one or two facts with your friends on social media.
- Visit our Educational Resources page and check out some of the free activities and content there, including a special Jazz Day edition of the oiid education platform, an arts & crafts project for kids, and lots of cool videos!
- Check out a jazz film or documentary online, like Chasing Trane, Quincy or Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.
- Shoot a 30-second selfie video explaining why jazz (and International Jazz Day) is important to you, and upload to your social media tagged with @IntlJazzDay.
- Create some original jazz-inspired artwork, poetry or fiction!
- Check out a book on jazz from your local library.
- Pick your favorite jazz standard and use your smartphone to record yourself playing your own rendition in honor of International Jazz Day; post your video to social media and tag us @IntlJazzDay.