How You Can Participate

International Jazz Day is on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Follow these steps to get involved and start your own celebration:

  1. Join International Jazz Day on Facebook and Twitter 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!
  2. Organize an International Jazz Day event in your community. From concerts to classes, no event is too big or too small. Consult the examples below for more event inspiration.
  3. Register your event on to become an official participant and share your event with people around the world.
  4. Make use of the materials in our online toolkit including promotional guides, downloadable logos and educator guides to make sure your event is the very best it can be.
  5. On April 30th, tune in to the live webcast on to watch the official events in Istanbul. Don’t miss the all-star International Jazz Day concert, which will bring together legendary artists from around the world for a grand finale to the day.

Here are just a few examples of events organized for International Jazz Day 2013. We hope these will inspire YOU to organize a Jazz Day celebration in your area!

You can view the full list of events from 2013 here.

A jazz society organized a concert for students and faculty at a Huntsville, Alabama elementary school.

In Jakarta, Indonesia, a community big band presented a jazz “flash mob” in a shopping mall.

A group of friends in the Comune di Casalmaggiore, Italy organized a concert and jam session in their local public library.

A music appreciation society in Kanazawa, Japan organized a group meal, discussion, and jam session.

A jazz trio in Kuwait City, Kuwait inaugurated a concert series at a local restaurant.

Local musicians in Naypyidaw, Myanmar jointly hosted a jam session.

A conservatory in Kathmandu, Nepal hosted local and travelling musicians for joint concerts, followed by an open jam session. The event was broadcasted live on the radio.

A jazz community group in New Zealand held a lunchtime concert for members at which several works were premiered.

A website devoted to musicians in Karachi, Pakistan organized an online contest for original jazz recordings, complete with a cash prize.

A “mobile jazz club” in Alcoy, Spain attempted to set the record for largest jazz jam session in Spanish history, bringing together more than 100 musicians in Alcoy’s historic Plaza de Dins.

A planetarium in Ukraine hosted a jazz concert accompanied by a 3D video show.