WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY?
The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan started participating in the celebration of this special day in 2012. This year’s event is April 27, from 5pm – 8pm at Gregory’s Soul Food, 2510 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Lansing, MI. No cover charge and family friendly!
Performances by the The JAMM Scholarship Quintet, and 496-West!
Come early to have dinner at this wonderful eatery. Music starts right at 5! There will be an open jam, for musicians who want to come and join the fun, later on. Other fun things are in the works, including a raffle.
Perhaps on the surface “Jazz Day” may sound like just another global concert and some local celebrations and shows, like the one JAMM is presenting, as a way to join in.
In reality, International Jazz Day is a major project and a vision, rooted in the following principles, ones that JAMM fully supports and works for, as well:
“In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30th as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe…Share the vibrancy and vitality of jazz music with students and educators from around the world on April 30th. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts on all continents to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact.”
If you want to know more about this year’s Global Concert, the official website is filled with great information, images and ways to be involved.
Our Annual Jazz Day Dance Party is listed on their site!
Check out their Event Map and you’ll find us.
Watch a video from last year’s host city, Havana, Cuba:
This year’s Global Host City is Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, shown here. The concert is livestreamed on April 30. Again, for details, visit their website.
Here are some snapshots of past JAMM Jazz Day festivities!
All of our signature events are sponsored, in part, by Capital Campaign Donations. Thank you to those listed here: