Herbie Hancock: International Jazz Day

March 21, 2012 by staff 

Herbie Hancck: International Jazz Day, Herbie Hancck has announced plans for the launch of an International celebration of jazz, and has announced plans to center the diplomatic worldwide event around the first weekend of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Herbie Hancck launches jazz day with sunrise concert in Congo Square. The official kick-off will be on April 27, with an all-day program at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris that will include master classes, roundtable discussions and improvisational workshops. An evening concert will feature Hancck, Dee Dee Bridgewater, South Africa’s Hugh Masekela and Brazil’s Tania Maria, among others.

For local intents and purposes and those visiting the city for Jazz Fest, Hancck will begin the official celebrations here on April 30, with a sunrise concert in Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz, on the Monday morning after the first weekend of the city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The once-in-a-lifetime sunrise show will include local jazz luminaries Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dr. Michael White, Kermit Ruffins and the Treme Brass Brand. Hancck plans to perform his funky standard “Watermelon Man” with high school students from around the world via an Internet link.

Next, Hancck will jet off to NYC for another sunset all-star jazz concert for the international diplomatic corps at the U.N. General Assembly Hall, to be hosted by a star-studded cast of Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas and Quincy Jones. The concert will be streamed live via the U.N. and UNESCO websites. Big time players in support of keeping jazz alive. Nothing bad about that.

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