The second annual International Jazz Day takes place Tuesday, April 30. Amoeba has made available signed copies of Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project on vinyl for sale in-store or on Amoeba.com for $35. Released in 2010, the double-disc Imagine Project features collaborations between the jazz legend and artists including Pink, Seal, John Legend, Susan Tedeschi, Tinariwen, Los Lobos, Dave Matthews, Chaka Khan and many others. The versions recorded of standards and classics incorporate musics from around the world, including a version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” boosted by the beats of Congolese group Konono No. 1 and a version of Bob Dylan’s “The Times, They Are a Changin’” featuring the West African kora, the Celtic flute and Uilleann pipes. The album was complemented by a documentary about the recording process called Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, which Amoeba screened last year.
Herbie Hancock helped kick things off last year as the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for International Jazz Day. Watch part of our conversation with Hancock at Amoeba Hollywood as he spoke about the first International Jazz Day and the legacy of jazz throughout the world. View the full interview here.
International Jazz Day began last year when UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Hancock and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz collaborated to celebrate and recognize the importance and universality of jazz music. The celebration encourages intercultural dialogue and understanding of America’s great contribution to the world of music. The celebration also places a particular emphasis on children from disadvantaged communities around the world, offering education to member states of UNESCO.
This year, a concert will take place in Istanbul, Tukery, with a webcast shown around the world, screening at 9 p.m. (Istanbul), 7 p.m. (London), 2 p.m. (New York) and 4 a.m. on May 1 in Sydney. The concert will include performances by Ruben Blades, John McLaughlin, Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper and many more. Many more events will take place around the world as well, including concerts in Cambridge, Mass., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Read about these events and more at www.jazzday.com.
On Twitter, International Jazz Day activities can be discussed or chronicled using the #jazzday hashtag or by tweeting @intljazzday.
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