Inaugural International Jazz Day

Inaugural International Jazz Day was celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30, 2012, and began with an all-star sunrise concert in New Orleans, Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz and culminated with a Sunset Concert, at the United Nations, New York City. Presented by UNESCO, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day, will encourage and highlight intercultural dialogue and understanding through jazz, America’s greatest contribution to the world of music.
In photo from (L) are Stevie Wonder, Shankar Mahadevan, Susan Tedeschi, Chaka Khan, Esperanza Spalding and Dee Dee Bridgewater; performing an ensemble piece at the Inaugural International Jazz Day Concert, held at United Nations Headquarters, in New York City.
Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin