INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY
Sunday, APRIL 22ND
On Sunday, April 22, 2018, UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz will host the International Jazz Day Salute to New Orleans, presented by Toyota, featuring an all-star cast of musicians.
This special free event will pay tribute to the city’s tricentennial celebration.
New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) is recognized as the birthplace of jazz. Seated squarely between numerous cultural, artistic and linguistic traditions, The Crescent City is a truly global locale—and the ideal choice to kick off the 2018 celebration of International Jazz Day.
Who: Featuring performances by Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Patti Austin, Ledisi and many more
Where: Congo Square, New Orleans
When: April 22, 2018 at 2 pm local time
Why: To kick off International Jazz Day, and to highlight New Orleans on its 300th birthday
This event will be offered completely free and open to the public. No registration required.
Located in the heart of the famed Tremé neighborhood, Congo Square is noted for its historic role as a central gathering place where African Americans shared their musical traditions and developed new musical styles during the 18th and 19th centuries. This significant landmark hosted the inaugural International Jazz Day event in 2012.
**Will move to the Orpheum Theater if rain**
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH
Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. During the past 35 years, from the moment he first visited New York as a 20 year-old student, playing in a walkup loft, in 1975, David has careened forward in a cool, collected, rocket-fueled streak. He has released over 150 albums under his own name. Yet more impressive than the numbers is the constancy of two abiding achievements: as a tenor saxophonist, he has perfected an instantly recognizable approach to improvisation that even in its freest flights acknowledges the gravity of a tradition he honors more than most; and he has altered the context for his improvisations as an infinite mosaic of musical challenges and explorations. David Murray goes down as a worthy successor for some of the biggest names in jazz, and he is now contributing to the rise of young talents such as Lafayette Gilchrist, a young pianist who has already been widely acclaimed by the critics. At 56 years of age, David Murray has a rosy future ahead of him, and a successful past behind him. 2012 is also the year of David Murray’s Honorary Doctorate Of Music Degree from Pomona College, Claremont, California.
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Thank you to all who helped put on another great
JAZZ @ THE SANDBAR!
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