On April 30, 2015, the world will celebrate the fourth edition of International Jazz Day. In parallel with hosting UNESCO's ongoing 70th Anniversary celebration, Paris, France will serve as the International Jazz Day 2015 Global Host City.
This special designation recognizes the historically significant influence that Paris, and more broadly France, has had on jazz music and culture. Major French figures in jazz include guitarist Django Reinhardt
, vocalists Edith Piaf
and Josephine Baker
, violinists Jean-Luc Ponty
and Stephane Grappelli
, and many more. Today, Paris continues to play an important role in the ongoing development of jazz, hosting cutting-edge voices like Ibrahim Maalouf
, Guillaume Perret, Sylvain Luc
, Leila Martial, Lou Tavano, Jean-Michel Pilc
, Baptiste Trotignon
and Laurent Coq
, among others, as well as a host of international artists attracted by the vibrant club and festival scene.
The 2015 Host City celebration will feature performances and education programs in all 20 historic arrondissements. Planned programs include workshops and lectures at district conservatoires, outreach with Restos du Coeur, mini-concerts at the six mainline national rail stations, film screenings and panel discussions. The crowning event, the All-Star Global Concert, will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and feature more than 20 world-renowned French and international talents, including Maalouf and Perret as well as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock
, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Goodwill Ambassador Dee Dee Bridgewater, UNESCO Artist for Peace Marcus Miller
, Al Jarreau
, Hugh Masekela
, Ravi Coltrane
and many more. A full artist list is available at jazzday.com/concert.
The All-Star Global Concert will be streamed live worldwide via jazzday.com starting at 7pm local Paris time, and will be available for on-demand viewing later in the evening.