In 2011, UNESCO proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”. The goal is to bring together men and women from the four corners of the world to celebrate a music rooted in togetherness, defend freedom of expression, encourage intercultural dialogue, and reinforce international communication and cooperation. This year, as UNESCO celebrates its 70th year, Paris is the host city for the event. More than one hundred free events are taking place all over Paris. One of the most noteworthy is an All-Star Global Concert being streamed live from UNESCO’s headquarters. It features John Beasley, Herbie Hancock, Till Brönnen, Ibrahim Maalouf, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, Femi Kuti, Guillaume Perret, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Avishai Cohen, Dhafer Youssef and many more major jazz talents. Further afield, hundreds of events are to take place in 195 countries.
"The extraordinary expansion of International Jazz Day—with events organized in all 195 UNESCO member states—represents the fulfillment of one of my dearest wishes: that for at least one day each year, the people of the entire world, whatever their cultural, linguistic, ethnic, or religious origins, no matter their economic situation, be able to take a moment to grow closer, to share, and to communicate thanks to this music, a vector for peace."
Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue.
On this occasion, to celebrate its musical DNA and mission of nurturing the rising generation of jazz musicians, the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation (the educational branch of the Montreux Jazz Festival) has been given carte blanche at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris. Jerry Léonide, winner of the 2013 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Competition, will perform at 8:00pm with his quintet. He will also be joined by Patrick Rouiller, aka Paul Plexi, a young Swiss singer and instrumentalist.
The Montreux Jazz Club is the intimate space dedicated to the music at the roots of the Montreux Jazz Festival. With a capacity of only 350, guests enjoy ideal conditions for experiencing jazz and other music up close and personal. Some of the performances from 3 to 18 July 2015 include Dianne Reeves, Sly & Robbie meet Nils Peter Molvaer, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, Kronos Quartet & Trio Da Kali, a new project by Avishai Cohen, Dhafer Youssef, Leon Bridges…
49th Montreux Jazz Festival
July 3 - 18, 2015