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 rescheduled their 2020 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.

Virtual Celebration

Due to the global pandemic, we are hosting an ongoing virtual celebration of International Jazz Day right here on jazzday.com. Visit our Global Submissions page to watch incredible at-home performances, video greetings and other expressions of solidarity submitted by our organizers around the world. Rewatch live online educational sessions conducted in six languages. And don’t forget to check out the spectacular Virtual Global Concert, hosted by Herbie Hancock, Morgan Freeman and Forest Whitaker and featuring socially-distanced submissions from globally renowned artists like Charlie Puth, Marcus Miller, John Scofield, Dianne Reeves, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dee Dee Bridgewater, ELEW, Jane Monheit, Igor Butman and many more.

Other Ways to Participate

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; post your video to social media and tag us @IntlJazzDay / be sure to include the official hashtag #JazzDayAtHome.
Are you a teacher wondering how to engage with students on International Jazz Day? Visit our Educate page for some lesson ideas.

You don’t have to wait until April 30 to enjoy International Jazz Day–create your own celebration of jazz today!