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Watch the 2018 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from Saint Petersburg, Russia

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International Jazz Day 2018 Comes to a Close Following Celebratory Concerts in St. Petersburg and New Orleans

Thousands of Performances and Programs Take Place in More Than 190 Countries Around the World

Pictured from left to right celebrating International Jazz Day 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia are from left to right: Igor Butman, Herbie Hancock, David Goloschekin, Robert Glasper, Kurt Elling, John Beasley, Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Till Bronner, Luciana Souza

St. Petersburg, Russia, 30 April—International Jazz Day 2018 came to a phenomenal close this evening in St. Petersburg, following an extraordinary All-Star Global Concert at the historic Mariinsky Theatre that capped off several days of educational outreach programs across the city. The concert, led by artistic co-directors Herbie Hancock (USA) and Igor Butman (Russia), was streamed live by the United Nations and UNESCO and on It featured performances by an international roster of artists including Oleg Akkuratov (Russia), Till Brönner (Germany), Oleg Butman (Russia), Terri Lyne Carrington (USA), Joey DeFrancesco (USA), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Vadim Eilenkrig (Russia), Kurt Elling (USA), Antonio Faraò (Italy), James Genus (USA), Robert Glasper (USA), David Goloschekin (Russia), Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Gilad Hekselman (Israel), Horacio Hernandez (Cuba), Taku Hirano (Japan), Anatoly Kroll (Russia), Gaoyang Li (China), Rudresh Mahanthappa (USA), The Manhattan Transfer (USA), Branford Marsalis (USA), James Morrison (Australia), Moscow Jazz Orchestra (Russia), Makoto Ozone (Japan), Danilo Pérez (Panama), Dianne Reeves (USA), Lee Ritenour (USA), Luciana Souza (Brazil) and Ben Williams (USA). John Beasley (USA) served as musical director.

The All-Star Global Concert included special remarks from the International Jazz Day Co-Chairs: UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. The evening showcased incomparable musicians from around the world and their unique interpretations of jazz. Inventive pairings included The Manhattan Transfer delivering an exhilarating version of "Birdland" with the Moscow Jazz Orchestra, and renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis performing "As Long As You're Living" alongside acclaimed vocalist Kurt Elling, German trumpet sensation Till Brönner and Italian pianist Antonio Faraò. The stunning vocalist Dianne Reeves joined forces with Russian saxophonist Igor Butman, Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone, and American rising star bassist Ben Williams for a breathtaking performance of "In A Sentimental Mood." The concert concluded with the entire cast performing a heartfelt rendition of John Lennon's beloved peace anthem, "Imagine."

Leading up to the All-Start Global Concert, St. Petersburg hosted a wide array of programming including master classes and workshops with Oleg Butman and Lee Ritenour; panel discussions exploring Jazz and Peace, Women in Jazz and Jazz and Roots Music; and jam sessions with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Fellows.

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International Jazz Day 2017 from Cuba on PBS

To launch International Jazz Day Weekend 2018, PBS aired a very special broadcast of International Jazz Day 2017 from Havana, Cuba. The special, hosted by Will Smith and Quincy Jones, aired on Friday, April 27 on PBS stations across the country. The phenomenal concert, live from the historic Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, features performances by an all-star group of musicians from Cuba and around the world including Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding, Chucho Valdes and more than 50 world-renowned artists. Made possible through the generous support of Toyota. View the full program on PBS Online.

2018 International Jazz Day

The 2018 All-Star Global Concert took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia and was webcast on and Facebook on Monday, April 30. Nearly three dozen acclaimed artists representing 14 countries participated, including UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, Igor Butman, Musical Director John Beasley, Till Brönner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joey DeFrancesco, Fatoumata Diawara, Kurt Elling, Antonio Faraò, Robert Glasper, Gilad Hekselman, Horacio Hernandez, The Manhattan Transfer, Branford Marsalis, Moscow Jazz Orchestra, Danilo Pérez, Dianne Reeves and Lee Ritenour. Made possible through the generous support of Toyota. View the full webcast on YouTube.

International Jazz Day Salute To New Orleans Concert

On Sunday, April 22, 2018, UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz hosted the International Jazz Day Salute to New Orleans, presented by Toyota, featuring an all-star cast of musicians. This special free event paid tribute to the city’s Tricentennial celebration. The show was webcast on Monday, April 30. Made possible through the generous support of Toyota. View the full webcast on YouTube.

2018 International Jazz Day Event Map

2018 International Jazz Day Event Map

Happy International Jazz Day From The 2018 Global All-Stars

Herbie Hancock
Kurt Elling
Fatoumata Diawara
Luciana Souza
Joey De Francesco
Ben Williams & John Beasley

2018 Events

  • SCHNTZL, DE BEREN GIEREN & SONS OF KEMET @ VOLTA Beursschouwburg, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Día Internacional del Jazz en Ensenada La Tarima Coffee&Music, Ensenada (Mexico)
  • LADA Jazz Jam Togliatti Philharmonic Hall, Tolyatti (Russia)
  • 24 hour Jazz Marathon on Ness Radio International Jazz Day on Ness Radio, Marrakech (Morocco)
  • Gulf Jazz Festival in Dubai Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Sicilian In Jazz & International Jazz Day Siracusa 2018 Teatro Comunale, Siracusa (Italy)
  • Jam Gispy Jazz au bar parallèle Guillaume Lepoutre Trio, Uccle (Belgium)
  • Día Internacional del Jazz 2018 en el Zinco Jazz Club Zinco Jazz Club, Ciudad de México (Mexico)
  • Satchmo in the Studio Museum of the City of New York, New York (United States)
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