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 scheduled their 2021 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.

Logo Packages

Looking to brand your International Jazz Day event? Download the official graphics packages, available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Virtual Celebration

For the 10th Anniversary celebration, we are hosting our second virtual celebration of International Jazz Day right here on 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. Watch live online educational sessions featuring artists like Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lionel Loueke, Antonio Sánchez, Terri Lyne Carrington and Herbie Hancock. And don’t forget to check out the spectacular Virtual Global Concert at 5 pm EDT hosted by Michael Douglas!

Other Ways to Participate

There are many ways to celebrate International Jazz Day even while under quarantine or self-isolation. Here are 10 examples:

  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 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.
  3. Listen to your favorite jazz record and Tweet your pick at us (@IntlJazzDay). Need ideas? We put together a handy playlist on Spotify featuring tons of great artists and tracks.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. Check out a jazz film or documentary online, like Chasing Trane, Quincy or Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.
  7. 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.
  8. Create some original jazz-inspired artwork, poetry or fiction!
  9. Check out a book on jazz from your local library.
  10. 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.
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!