International Jazz Day 2017 Worldwide Celebration Concludes With Extraordinary All-Star Global Concert,in Havana

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American singer Esperanza Spalding and Cuban musician Chucho Valdés (C), during the International Jazz Day in Havana on April 30, 2017 (AFP)

HAVANA, May 1, 2017 Following thousands of events taking place in over 190 countries, International Jazz Day 2017 culminated in a phenomenal concert streamed worldwide from Havana’s historic Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso.

As the International Jazz Day 2017 Global Host City, the musically vibrant city of Havana also presented a wide range of concerts and education programs in partnership with Cuba’s Ministry of Culture, the Cuban Institute of Music, and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO.

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Quincy Jones y Will Smith en la gala en La Habana por el Día Internacional del Jazz. (ACN)

Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in coordination with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day is recognized on the official calendars of UNESCO and the United Nation.

Each year on April 30, International Jazz Day highlights the role of jazz in promoting freedom, creativity and intercultural dialogue, and uniting people from all corners of the globe. Toyota served as Lead Partner of International Jazz Day 2017.

The Global Concert began with an all-star group of musicians from Cuba and around the world performing “Cuba Bop” and “Manteca” in tribute to the groundbreaking 1940s collaboration between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo that blended Afro-Cuban music and jazz.

Acclaimed vocalist Cassandra Wilson performed her sultry composition “You Move Me” and Cuban trumpet virtuoso Julio Padron played Freddie Hubbard’s inventive “Byrdlike.” Beloved Cuban vocalist Bobby Carcasses joined forces with master bassist and vocalist Richard Bona of Cameroon for a fiery rendition of the Latin jazz tune “Bilongo.”

“Besame Mucho” showcased the global influence of jazz, with pianists Youn Sun Nah (Republic of Korea) and Tarek Yamani (Lebanon); bassist Esperanza Spalding and violinist Regina Carter (United States); and drummer Antonio Sanchez (Mexico). To mark the centennial of jazz icon Thelonious Monk, legendary Cuban pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdes gave a stunning performance of the classic “Blue Monk.”

The concert came to a exhilarating end with artists including pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Marcus Miller, vocalists Kurt Elling and Ivan Lins, French guitarist Marc Antoine, and Cuban percussionists Yaraldi Abreu, Adel Gonzalez, Ramses Rodriguez and Oscar Valdes performing the John Lennon anthem “Imagine.”