Hancock launches International Jazz Day

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 8:03 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy.

The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held on April 30 of every year.

This year's inaugural event is being organized by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which Hancock chairs.

It will include star-studded concerts at UNESCO headquarters in Paris; New Orleans' Congo Square, the symbolic birthplace of jazz, and at the U.N. General Assembly Hall in New York.

There will also be jazz-related events in at least two dozen countries from Algeria to Uruguay.

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Online:

www.unesco.org/days/jazzday

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