How You Can Participate

In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we urge our organizers around the world to prioritize health and safety and follow all local public health directives to help arrest the spread of this deadly disease. 

Many partners have already rescheduled their International Jazz Day programs for a later date, pending the abatement of the current global pandemic. These postponed events will be gratefully recognized as official celebrations of International Jazz Day.

There are many ways to celebrate International Jazz Day even while under quarantine or self-isolation:

  1. Like/Follow International Jazz Day on FacebookTwitter and Instagram 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!
  2. Have a Skype lesson with a jazz musician in your area. Can’t find a local musician? Check out online resources like Coursera and YouTube for some great, free videos on key topics like jazz history and improvisation, such as this concise History of Jazz Piano from Collective Cadenza, featuring 2011 Thelonious Monk Institute Competition winner Kris Bowers.
  3. Listen to your favorite jazz record and Tweet your pick at us (@IntlJazzDay)
  4. Visit our Educational Resources page and check out some of the free activities and content there, including a special Jazz Day edition of the oiid education platform and lots of cool videos!
  5. Check out a jazz film or documentary online, like Chasing Trane, Quincy or Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.
  6. Create some original jazz-inspired artwork, poetry or fiction!
  7. Pick your favorite jazz standard and use your smartphone to record yourself playing your own rendition in honor of International Jazz Day; send us your video and we’ll feature you on on April 30.

All digital submissions can be emailed to our outreach team or uploaded directly here.

Are you a teacher wondering how to engage with students on International Jazz Day? Visit our Educate page for some lesson ideas. We’ll be hosting a special YouTube Live virtual forum on 30 April with some incredible guest artists; get in touch with us if you would like your class to participate.