2022 All-Star Global Concert
The 2022 Global Concert was hosted at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Global Concert returned to the UN General Assembly Hall in a nod to the inaugural International Jazz Day Sunset Concert in 2012, symbolizing jazz’s continued important role as a force for dialogue and diplomacy.
With a worldwide webcast on YouTube, Facebook, jazzday.com, UN Web TV, UNESCO and U.S. State Department outlets, the 2022 All-Star Global Concert made a powerful statement in support of peace, healing and unity through a diverse series of performances by leading jazz artists from around the globe.
With Herbie Hancock serving as Host and Artistic Director and John Beasley as Musical Director, the program showcased the extraordinary potential of jazz as a medium for peaceful collaboration and constructive dialogue. Participating artists included vocalists Shemekia Copeland, José James, Youn Sun Nah (Republic of Korea), Gregory Porter, Alune Wade (Senegal) and Lizz Wright; pianists Joey Alexander (Indonesia), Helio Alves (Brazil), Laurent de Wilde (France), Hiromi (Japan), Ray Lema (Democratic Republic of Congo), and Tarek Yamani (Lebanon); drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Brian Blade; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Linda May Han Oh (Australia); saxophonists Ravi Coltrane, David Sanborn and Erena Terakubo (Japan); guitarist Mark Whitfield and trumpeters Randy Brecker and Jeremy Pelt, among others. Also joining the global ensemble were harmonicist Grégoire Maret (Switzerland), harpist Edmar Castañeda (Colombia), percussionists Pedrito Martínez (Cuba) and Zakir Hussain (India), and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh (Syria).
Learn more about the participating artists below!