The 2015 All-Star Global Concert featured a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including pianists John Beasley (Music Director), A Bu (China), Eliane Elias (Brazil), Antonio Faraò (Italy), Isfar Sarabski (Azerbaijan) and Herbie Hancock; trumpeters Till Brönner (Germany), Avishai Cohen (Israel), Hugh Masekela (South Africa) and Claudio Roditi (Brazil); vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Annie Lennox (UK), Rudy Pérez and Dianne Reeves; saxophonists Igor Butman (Russia), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Guillaume Perret (France) and Wayne Shorter; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Ben Williams; guitarist Lee Ritenour; drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, percussionist Mino Cinelu (France), harmonica player Grégoire Maret (Switzerland), and oud player Dhafer Youssef (Tunisia). Noted JazzTimes’ Aidan Levy of the 2015 Global Concert: “The musical melting pot integrated the stylistic diversity of the jazz diaspora: Afrobeat, bossa nova, free jazz, funk, blues, soul and straight-ahead swing were given equal pride of place.”
Each year, the All-Star Global Concert brings together acclaimed jazz artists from around the world for a performance spanning styles, cultures, and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, the Global All Star Concert takes place in a venue imbued with rich historical significance, representing jazz’s ability to connect disparate traditions and cultural identities. Few locations better embody this concept than the Paris UNESCO Headquarters. Completed in 1958, the building’s distinctive three-pointed star design was the work of 3 architects of different nationalities under the direction of an international committee. The building itself is considered international territory and belongs to the 195 UNESCO member states, making it a perfect symbol of the organization’s role as a shared commitment to the future of peaceful co-existence. Room 1, where the Global Concert webcast took place, serves as the primary meeting space for the UNESCO General Conference. It was indeed appropriate that on April 30, the very chambers in which UNESCO strives to secure the foundations of peace bore witness to a new kind of diplomatic enterprise: jazz.