International Jazz Day takes place each year on April 30th. Follow these steps to get involved and start your own celebration:
- 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!
- 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.
- Register your event on JazzDay.com to become an official participant and share your event with people around the world.
- Use 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.
- On April 30th, tune in to the live webcast on JazzDay.com to watch the official events in the Global Host City. Don’t miss the all-star International Jazz Day concert, which each year brings together legendary artists from around the world for a grand finale to the day.
In 2014, people in 196 countries organized more than 600 events on April 30th. Here are just a few examples of events organized over the past two years. We hope these will inspire YOU to organize an International Jazz Day celebration in your community!
You can view the full list of events from 2014 & 2013 here.
A jazz society organized a concert for students and faculty at a Huntsville, Alabama elementary school.
A jazz club in Yerevan, Armenia presented a jazz photo exhibition, a screening of the 1944 documentary “Jammin’ the Blues,” and an open jam session.
The city council of Knox City, Australia sponsored a concert at the local community center featuring two traditional jazz bands.
Students from a business school in Medellín, Colombia produced an open-air big band concert.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, a community big band held a jazz “flash mob” in a shopping mall.
A group of friends in Comune di Casalmaggiore, Italy organized a concert and jam session in their local public library.
A jazz trio in Kuwait City, Kuwait inaugurated a concert series at a local restaurant.
A conservatory in Kathmandu, Nepal hosted local and travelling musicians for joint concerts, followed by an open jam session. The event was broadcast live on the radio.
A jazz community group in New Zealand premiered several works at a lunchtime concert.
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 lounge in Juba, South Sudan played jazz recordings all day for customers.
A jazz club in Damascus, Syria screened the All-Star Global Concert for patrons.
A planetarium in Ukraine hosted a jazz concert accompanied by a 3D video show.