International Jazz Day 

Category: Music
International Jazz Day  in United Nations in 2025
Image: 19th International Jazz Festival of Punta del Este. by Jimmy Baikovicius CC BY-SA 2.0

About International Jazz Day 

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Dates of International Jazz Day 
2025 United Nations Wednesday, April 30thInternational Jazz Day 
2024 United Nations Tuesday, April 30thInternational Jazz Day 
2023 United Nations Sunday, April 30thInternational Jazz Day 
2022 United Nations Saturday, April 30thInternational Jazz Day 
2021 United Nations Friday, April 30thInternational Jazz Day 
More than one billion people around the world are reached annually through International Jazz Day programs and media coverage.

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30th each year as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role in uniting people in all corners of the globe.

Established at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide to celebrate jazz and highlight the music’s important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity.

This special day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz enthusiasts worldwide to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and reinforce international cooperation and communication.

  • Did you know? In 1949, a contest for a new term to replace ‘jazz’ featured such suggestions as ‘bix-e-bop’, ‘swixibop’, ‘ragtibop’, ‘schmoosic’, 'jarb' and ‘le hot’.

International Jazz Day has become a global movement reaching more than two billion people annually on all seven continents, including Antarctica, through education programs, performances, community outreach, radio, television and streaming, along with electronic, print and social media.

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is UNESCO’s official partner in the organization and promotion of International Jazz Day.

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