International Jazz Day was created in 2011 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate the power jazz has to unite those of varying backgrounds.

On International Jazz Day, jazz is celebrated, studied, and performed around the world for 24 hours straight. Collaborations abound among jazz icons, scholars, composers, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers who embrace the beauty, spirit, and principles of jazz, freely sharing experiences and performances in our big cities and in our small towns, all across our seven continents. I can’t think of a better way to build peace and cultural understanding, the core principles of UNESCO. – Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue

Thank you, TJBS members, for your continued support of jazz and blues in Music City and beyond!