30 April is International Jazz Day and the day (in 2014) that Jazz.Coop bought The Globe to create the first music venue in the UK to be owned by a co-operative committed to jazz. Normally we would have a party but this year we can’t. Instead we are livestreaming a gig from The Globe featuring four of the finest young musicians from the vibrant Scottish jazz scene: Matt Carmichael (saxes), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Ali Watson (bass), Tom Potter (drums).
International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.
This year, 2021, International Jazz Day is celebrating its 10th birthday.
In 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
The United Nations and UNESCO both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.