The daylong event on April 30 includes the centerpiece All-Star Global Concert, educational masterclasses and children's activities.
UPDATE: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, John McLaughlin, Jane Monheit, Ben Williams and John Beasley are among the global jazz stars that will perform during the virtual celebration of International Jazz Day 2020 on April 30. Originally slated to take place in Cape Town, South Africa on the same date, the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers of the ninth annual gathering to make the online transition.
Herbie Hancock — together with Morgan Freeman and Forest Whitaker — will host the daylong affair, highlighted by the All-Star Global Concert featuring the aforementioned acts. The concert will stream live on jazzday.com beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Earlier in the day, a free series of educational masterclasses, children’s activities and conversations will be available on the same site. Session participants will include A Bu (China), Bridgewater (U.S.), Igor Butman (Russia), Oran Etkin (Israel), Lwanda Gogwana (South Africa), Sibongile Khumalo (South Africa), Marcus Miller (U.S.), Danilo Pérez (Panama) and Tarek Yamani (Lebanon).
A panel hosted by Nate Chinen, director of editorial content for New York City’s WBGO and chief jazz contributor to NPR Music, rounds out the day’s program slate. NPR will also co-host a live stream of the International Jazz Day activities.