Jazz Week '12 International!
JazzBoston's 6th Annual Jazz Week Goes International; Celebrates UNESCO's Proclamation of April 30 As International Jazz Day
Jazz Week '12 International, April 27 – May 6, will showcase Boston’s unique global jazz community with nearly 300 performances at over 90 venues in and around the city
December 16, 2011 - Boston, Massachusetts JazzBoston today became one of the first nongovernmental organizations worldwide to announce its observance of UNESCO’s newly proclaimed International Jazz Day.
In a strong affirmation of the relevance of jazz to life in the 21st century, on November 10 the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed April 30th of each year as "International Jazz Day." JazzBoston welcomed the addition of this celebration of jazz to the world’s cultural calendar by adopting an international theme for its 6th annual presentation of Jazz Week throughout the Greater Boston area this spring.
For 10 days from April 27 to May 6, Jazz Week '12 International will put the spotlight on the cultural diversity that gives the Greater Boston jazz scene its unique flavor with performances by hundreds of talented musicians, both home grown and from around the globe, and special cross-cultural collaborations that highlight the power of jazz to create unity from diversity. The week will feature nearly 300 performances in over 90 venues in and around the city and has received official proclamations from the Mayors of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.
JazzBoston is working with some of the city’s leading government, cultural, and business organizations to create special events around the international theme. Partners include the Consulate-General of Japan, which will be celebrating the centennial of that nation’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C., during April and early May; Oiste, the statewide Latino advocacy organization; and the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A full lineup of events will be announced in early 2012.
About UNESCO'S International Jazz Day Proclamation
Acknowledging the connection between the values inherent in jazz music and the organization’s own mandate, the UNESCO proclamation notes that jazz is a unique form of music that can be a unifying force for positive engagement among diverse groups worldwide. Among its objectives for International Jazz Day, UNESCO cites highlighting the contribution of jazz to the dialogue among cultures, promoting the teaching of jazz music, especially to vulnerable children in marginalized communities, and recognizing jazz music as a universal language of freedom. For more information about the International Jazz Day proclamation, see the U.S. State Department and JazzBoston websites.
About Jazz Week
Jazz Week, now approaching its 6th year, is a collaborative effort of Greater Boston’s entire jazz community to make Boston’s vital jazz scene more visible to residents and visitors and live jazz performances more accessible to music lovers of all ages and incomes. JazzBoston revived Jazz Week in 2007 and provides the catalyst and framework for the annual event, which coincides with the Smithsonian Institution’s designation of April as Jazz Month and Duke Ellington’s birthday on April 29. For more information about Jazz Week '12 International and updates, go to the JazzBoston website.
JazzBoston connects, promotes, and advocates for the entire Greater Boston jazz scene. At nearly 6 years old, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit is the only jazz advocacy organization in the Greater Boston area. Working through partnerships with the Boston Public Library, Boys and Girls Clubs, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Northeastern University, and Discover Roxbury, among others, our programs focus on building present and future audiences for the music, using jazz to bridge generational and cultural divides, and raising Boston’s profile as one of the world's great jazz cities.
Dayla Arabella Santurri