International Jazz Day is made possible thanks to the voluntary efforts of organizers at all levels of civil society in more than 190 countries worldwide. Whether small or large, organizations have an important role to play in facilitating the global celebration, lending their resources and accumulated expertise to curate multifaceted programs that make significant impacts on the local community.
Thanks to these efforts, International Jazz Day has become a widely anticipated moment on municipal and regional cultural calendars, promoting capacity building in the relevant cultural sectors and increased awareness of jazz and its role as a vector for peace and intercultural dialogue. This page gratefully recognizes those institutions that have generously devoted their time and resources to ensuring that International Jazz Day is celebrated in a way that truly reflects its global identity. Read below to learn about the work of these amazing partners.
Afro RED is a fusion jazz band formed in 2009 by bassist, composer, and bandleader David Kasochi. Its mission is to revive the culture of live music in Zambia, with a special focus on jazz. Through events like International Jazz Day, Afro RED is contributing to the growing appeal of jazz in the African nation. Learn More
Founded in 2005 by a former Paris street guitarist, Excellence in the Community has raised over 4 million dollars for Utah musicians, and presented over 650 concerts throughout the state. Their mission is to create more and better performance opportunities for Utah’s best musicians. The concerts are free. Jazz is the predominant genre. Learn More
Brussels-based Les Lundis d’Hortense has promoted Belgian jazz for over 40 years. The association plays a leading role in developing the Belgian jazz scene, and is committed to exploring the jazz genre in all its diversity. An International Jazz Day partner since 2012, they showcase emerging and established musicians of all ages and backgrounds. Learn More
The dedicated organizers behind the Jazzatlán Club de Jazz & Brewpub in Puebla, Mexico have brought quality jazz music to their community for more than a decade. In 2019, the venue’s Festival Internacional Jazzatlán will celebrate its 6th edition with live performances and engagement activities in public spaces and cultural sites around the state. Learn More
Dandora Hip-Hop City is a community-based organization founded in 2016. It operates in Dandora, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. A longtime Jazz Day partner, DHC aims to provide a safe space for youth and women to share experiences and stories, and to create an environment with tools and resources that will enhance ideas, dreams and aspirations. Learn More
Mevicon Services is a concierge company in Accra, Ghana that has partnered with Jazz Day since 2014 to raise awareness of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool and as a force for peace, unity, dialogue and cooperation. Creative Director Constant Boty believes that jazz has the power to unite and bring peace and development to Africa and the rest of the world. Learn More
Since going live on air in February 2013, Capital Radio 91.6 FM has become the fastest growing station in Sudan among listeners from 10 to 50+ years of age, with more than 1.6 million listeners. Bassist and on-air host Islam Elbeiti dedicates a weekly show, JAZZIFIED, to the love of jazz along with all its sub-genres. Learn More
Founded in March 2017, Cape Verde’s Haven International School offers tailored educational services in an environment where children are loved, nurtured and guided to succeed and impact their world positively. Haven has partnered with International Jazz Day since 2018 to bring awareness of jazz and its impact to its community of students and their families. Learn More
Jazz a la Calle was founded to support community-based music instruction and teacher training in its hometown of Mercedes, Uruguay. The organization, which recently partnered with the nearby Universidad Tecnológica del Uruguay, begins its academic year around Jazz Day with youth workshops, concerts and educational outreach. Learn More
The Mladí ladí jazz festival is one of the most exciting live jazz events in Europe, showcasing contemporary jazz and experimental music from Czech and international artists every April. A Jazz Day partner since 2017, Mladí ladí also provides unique educational activities for young jazz musicians and children from different social backgrounds as part of their annual program. Learn More
In 2019, more than 1,000 Waldorf schools in 80 countries will celebrate the centennial of the Waldorf educational philosophy. As part of the ongoing festivities around the world, Waldorf 100 is encouraging members to include International Jazz Day in their plans—honoring our shared commitment to nurture imagination and creativity in the next generation. Learn More
An International Jazz Day partner since 2018, the New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates the history of jazz, in all its forms, through dynamic interactive exhibits, multi-generational educational programming, research facilities, and engaging musical performances. Learn More