The history of jazz is framed in the efforts for human dignity, democracy and civil rights. Their rhythms and diversity have reinforced the fight against all forms of discrimination and racism. As the great singer, composer and pianist, Nina Simone said, “jazz is not just music; it is a way of life, a way of being, a way of thinking”.
Audrey Azoulay, General Director of UNESCO, also expressed in a message for the UNESCO: “Jazz gives voice to the struggles and aspirations of millions of people, erected in a marvelous symbol of freedom of expression and human dignity. In times of growing discord and division, this music represents a universal language of peace”.
Jazz as humanitarian tool
UNESCO believes in the power of jazz as a motor for peace, dialogue and mutual understanding, and for this reason, in November 2011, during the General Conference of UNESCO, the international community proclaimed April 30 as the International Jazz Day
In her message, director Azoulay said that “jazz is a burst of beauty born of oppression, the music of improvisation and collective creation, freedom and openness nestle in its heart…”. Katherine Müller Marín, General Director of the Regional Office of Culture of Unesco for Latin America and the Caribbean, recently stated that the celebration in Cuba on April 30 of the sixth edition of the International Jazz Day was about to be a unique opportunity to make known what is done there and the quality of each of their musicians.
Why is so important to celebrate a day for Jazz?
Since 2011, April 30this a special day for us all, so we dedicate several ours and all over the world to a very particular musical genre we love with our hearts. Although we know the cultural and political reasons why UNESCO decided to implement this day, we are not really aware if the April 30th has a specific value or not, as the organization has not spoken about it. Of course, after a firm resolution, UNESCO established that every 30th of April, since 2011, it would be the International Jazz Day for everyone. Nevertheless, the fact that jazz made history and marked it with a day in the calendar, is another reason to celebrate.
Celebrating Jazz is an amazing experience
Thank God that Jazz has its own iconography, marked by legends of the genre that have left their own mark on popular culture. Explaining what Jazz is always going to be complicated and Louis Armstrong once said that if you have to ask what is jazz, it means that you actually do not understand it. Describing Jazz in images and songs will make it easier for us, after all it is one of the musical genres that allows us to use a lot of colors translated to music once we compose or play a Jazz piece. Long live to Jazz!
For the love of Jazz
It is intended to bring together the International Jazz Day lovers of the genre and anyone who wants to join to celebrate, to learn about it, its origin, its future and the social impact it has caused throughout its history. From the beginning, the places where jazz was heard were spaces where tolerance and understanding reigned, freedom of expression and gender equality; for that reason, it is considered as a promoter of peace, diversity and respect. Jazz, as a universal language, has achieved and seeks to unite people in any corner of the planet.