“International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration” Airs Friday, April 30 at 9 pm

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2021 International Jazz Day:

10th Anniversary Celebration

A two-hour music special premiering on PBS on Friday, April 30, 2021 

International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration  is an uplifting two-hour retrospective that highlights collaborations between artists representing over 30 nations as part of the All-Star Global Concert, the official culminating event of each year’s International Jazz Day. Viewers will enjoy performances from the United Nations, Istanbul, Osaka, Paris, the White House, Havana, St. Petersburg, New Orleans and Melbourne. The special premieres on Friday, April 30, 2021 on PBS stations nationwide.

This entertaining look back at 10 years of historic International Jazz Day concerts features dozens of music icons, including unforgettable performances by Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Hugh Masekela and many more.

Renowned jazz vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves performing
Renowned jazz vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves perform at the 2015 Jazz Day concert in Paris. TMIJ/UNESCO International Jazz Day, Day Programs, Paris, France, April 30, 2015

For more than a century, the truly American music of jazz has promoted peace, diversity, individual expression, dialogue among cultures, and respect for human dignity. International Jazz Day highlights the unifying attributes of this music through live performances, education programs and special events worldwide. International Jazz Day was first celebrated in 2012, and is recognized on the official calendars of both the United Nations and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Each year on April 30, universities, libraries, schools, arts centers, organizations of all disciplines, artists, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world honor this revered musical art form that for decades has brought together people of different cultures, religions and nationalities.

International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration is made possible by major support from Toyota. Additional funding provided by United Airlines, Sandra Evers-Manly, Lynda Thomas, William C. Powers, Dalio Foundation and Carnival Corporation.

International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration is a production of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, presented nationally by WTTW Chicago and distributed by PBS. Executive Producers: Thomas R. Carter and Herbie Hancock. Producers: Michelle Day and Doug Biro. Director: Jon Fine. Musical Director: John Beasley.