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.
Due to the global pandemic, we hosted our first-ever 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. Here are 10 examples:
- Like/Follow International Jazz Day on Facebook, Twitter 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!
Have a virtual 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.
- Do some research on the history of jazz music in your country, including any significant musicians, and share one or two facts with your friends on social media.
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, an introductory lesson plan, and lots of cool videos!
Check out a jazz film or documentary online, like Chasing Trane, Quincy or Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.
- Shoot a 30-second selfie video explaining why jazz (and International Jazz Day) is important to you, and upload to your social media tagged with @IntlJazzDay.
Create some original jazz-inspired artwork, poetry or fiction!
- Check out a book on jazz from your local library.
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.