United Nations Tunes Up for First International Jazz Day – NYTimes.com

29 Apr

From its earliest days, when the pianist Jelly Roll Morton spoke of a “Spanish tinge,” jazz has been extraordinarily open to international influences. Now it’s official. Last fall Unesco — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — designated jazz a “universal music of freedom and creativity” and decreed that henceforth every April 30 is to be celebrated around the world as International Jazz Day.

via United Nations Tunes Up for First International Jazz Day – NYTimes.com.

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