Monday, April 30, 2012 is the first annual International Jazz Day and to celebrate we're screening a documentary about Herbie Hancock, who, in addition to being a legendary, talented musician, is also the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for International Jazz Day. Join us for a FREE screening of Herbie Hancock: Possibilities at Space15Twenty in Hollywood on 4/30 at 8pm. We'll have a video message from Herbie Hancock to kick it off!
Watch part of our conversation with Herbie Hancock recently at Amoeba Hollywood. He spoke with us about the first International Jazz Day and the legacy of Jazz throughout the world.
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
Ordinary music soars to extraordinary heights as gifted keyboardist Herbie Hancock joins forces with a variety of well-known music superstars to offer a completely original listening experience. As Hancock collaborates with such artists as Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Sting, and Brian Eno, the cameras are permitted into the studios and behind-the-scenes to show just what happens when some of the greatest music minds of a generation converge.
Monday, April 30 at 8pm
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Part of our Monday Movies series - a neighborhood collaboration between Amoeba and Space15Twenty and a great way to celebrate Monday night in Hollywood…and it's FREE!
More about International Jazz Day:
On Monday, April 30 UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock will collaborate with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to celebrate and recognize jazz music as a universal language of freedom. The initiative – Hancock’s first major program introduced as a Goodwill Ambassador with UNESCO – will encourage and highlight intercultural dialogue and understanding through America’s greatest contribution to the world of music. International Jazz Day plans to foster and stimulate the teaching of jazz education with a particular emphasis placed on children from disadvantaged communities in classrooms around the world and will be offered to all 195 member states of UNESCO.
Herbie Hancock is also performing in Paris, New Orleans, and New York on International Jazz Day.
“The designation of International Jazz Day is intended to bring together communities, schools and other groups the world over to celebrate and learn more about the art of jazz, its roots and its impact, and to highlight its important role as a means of communication that transcends differences.” - UNESCO Director-General Bokova.
In an address to UNESCO officials, Herbie Hancock said, “Please take a moment and envision one day every year where jazz is celebrated, studied, and performed around the world for 24 hours straight. A collaboration among jazz icons, scholars, composers, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers who embrace the beauty, spirit, and principles of jazz, all of them freely sharing experiences and performances in our big cities and in our small towns, all across our seven continents.” He went on to say, “Music has always served as a bridge between different cultures; and no musical art form is more effective as a diplomatic tool than jazz.”
International Jazz Day will be celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30th and will begin with a sunrise concert in New Orleans’ Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz. The event will feature a number of jazz luminaries along with Hancock including Diane Reeves, New Orleans natives Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Treme Brass Band, Dr. Michael White, Kermit Ruffins, Bill Summers, and others.
The world-wide programs and events will conclude in New York City at the United Nations General Assembly Hall with an historic sunset concert certain to be one of the most heralded jazz celebrations of all time, with confirmed artists including Richard Bona (Cameroon), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Danilo Perez, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Zakir Hussain (India), Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Lang Lang (China), Romero Lubambo (Brazil), Shankar Mahadevan (India), Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi Uehara (Japan) and others to be announced. George Duke will serve as Musical Director. Confirmed Co-Hosts include Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Quincy Jones.
The concert from the United Nations will be streamed live worldwide via the United Nations and UNESCO websites, and will also be post-broadcast on United Nations Radio.
More information about International Jazz Day.