Herbie Hancock Establishes ‘International Jazz Day’ (Video)

Herbie Hancock, 72, kicks off first annual International Jazz Day in New Orleans, Monday, April 30, 2012.

Jazz is the music that belongs to African American culture and has been offered to the world.  It’s pure, richness tells ancient stories of a time only this sound can tell.  The creators of the genre made sure of it.  One legendary jazz giant has decided to honor his beloved music with a proper celebration in its honor.

Herbie Hancock kicked off “International Jazz Day” in New Orleans Monday.  The first annual celebration is Hancock’s brainchild in an effort to promote societal unity.  Now that he is a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Ambassador, he has found  a way to make his passion for music work for societies throughout the world.

“I think it’s about time, you know, that finally, formally, jazz is being recognized and is being established with the International Jazz Day. It’s really where jazz has belonged for a long time. Finally this dream has come true.”

Many jazz radio stations streamed the concert celebration live.  Check out the interview with CBS’ Morning Show with Gayle King and Charlie Rose.

-J.C. Brooks

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