Join us for an International Jazz Day concert, live from Istanbul, Turkey today at 2:00PM EDT! Held every year on April 30th, International Jazz Day brings together communities all over the world to celebrate jazz, learn about its roots, and highlight its important role in advancing intercultural dialogue and understanding. Hosted by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and jazz legend Herbie Hancock, the Republic of Turkey, and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, join us for a star-studded event to celebrate jazz as a universal language of freedom!
The live concert at Istanbul’s famed Hagia Irene will feature performances by stellar musicians from around the world, including pianists John Beasley, George Duke, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Keiko Matsui and Eddie Palmieri; vocalists Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Rubén Blades, and Joss Stone; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela,and Imer Demirer; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller, and Ben Williams; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Vinnie Colaiuta; guitarists Bilal Karaman, John McLaughlin, Lee Ritenour and Joe Louis Walker; saxophonists Dale Barlow, Igor Butman, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Liu Yuan; clarinetists Anat Cohen and Hüsnü Şenlendirici; violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; tabla master Zakir Hussain; trombonist Alevtina Polyakova; Pedro Martinez on percussion, and other special guests. John Beasley will be the event’s musical director.