logos_queen_130228Last Thursday was UNESCO International Jazz Day.

In the UK that meant you could start the day live streaming the Jazz at the Lincoln Center “The World Of Duke Ellington 2015 Gala” from New York (as reviewed here) and later in the day go to any one of 19 signposted jazz events up and down the country. To top the celebrations off, if you missed the live performance of the International Jazz Day Celebrations in Paris, it was also made available on demand on YouTube.

The 2015 All-Star Global Concert featured a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including pianists John Beasley (Music Director), A Bu, Eliane Elias, Antonio Faraò, Isfar Sarabski and Herbie Hancock; trumpeters Till Brönner, Avishai Cohen, Hugh Masekela and Claudio Roditi; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Annie Lennox, Rudy Pérez and Dianne Reeves; saxophonists Igor Butman, Femi Kuti, Guillaume Perret and Wayne Shorter; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Ben Williams; guitarist Lee Ritenour; drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, percussionist Mino Cinelu, harmonica player Grégoire Maret, and oud player Dhafer Youssef.

If you’ve never heard of them, try this video, it’s a real celebration of amazing music.

So who were your favourites?

Keep on Keepin’ Up…

OTEMBTWorkshopNot to be forgotten in our youthful city of Birmingham, ‘On The Edge’ (number four in the UK JazzDay events list) marked the occasion with two hours of musical fun, beginning with a free music workshop, where our newly introduced young sports tried out alto and tenor saxes, clarinets, keyboard, drums and percussion.

Following the music making of our new recruits there was a memorable performance by the Mike Brown Trio, a clip of which we’ve put on YouTube in the spirit of #JazzDay On Demand. As coffee shops, large supermarkets, charities and evolutionists agree, every little helps…Enjoy!






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