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Herbie Hancock launches International Jazz Day

Herbie Hancock
Apr 23, 2012 Updated Jul 25, 2012

April 30 has been proclaimed by UNESCO as 'International Jazz Day'. Check the list of events across Australia as this annual event is launched worldwide.

Herbie Hancock was recently named as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the "promotion of inter-cultural dialogue" and his first act in this position was to instigate the UNESCO International Jazz Day.

April 30, 2012 has been named as the first date for this event and many countries are involved in the celebration... aimed to "foster greater appreciation not only for the (jazz) music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies".

International Jazz Day - Australian events

Brisbane, April 30 at 12pm: Queen St Mall
James Morrison leading a New Orleans-inspired 2nd line

Melbourne, April 30 from 12-2pm: City Square, Swanston St Allan Browne, Michelle Nicolle, Steve Magnusson

Perth, April 30 at 7pm: Ellington Jazz Club
Allira Wilson, Jamie Oehlers, Carl Mackey, Graham Wood

Devenport, April 28 at 7.30pm: Wave Bar
Victor Zapner, Fred Bradshaw, Mia Palencia

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HIDDEN ERROR: Usage of "religion" is not recognized Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. Starting his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. He...

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On Apr 24, 2012. 10:36am
Christopher Lynch said

A sublime, deeply meaningful conception. The jazz message, being global, is now something we can all embrace and celebrate as it represents the triumph of the divine human spirit over adversity.
To those who haven't listened to much jazz or only tune in occasionally, please seriously do so. I pray it brings as much peace, beauty and fulfilment in your lives as it has in mine and countless others. Why not learn a musical instrument too if you haven't?

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