Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Jazz: IJD 2018 from Havana

A few dys before NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston takes the lawns of Kingston's Devon House for Jamaica's International Jazz Day celebrations, more than 50 world-renowned artists come together for an extraordinary International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from the Gran Teatro de La Habana in Havana, Cuba. 

International Jazz Day is the one day each year that jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities in 196 countries and on all seven continents.

Featuring Institute Chairman Herbie HancockChucho ValdésEsperanza SpaldingMarcus MillerKenny GarrettAmbrose AkinmusireAntonio SánchezBen WilliamsRoberto FonsecaRegina Carter, Music DirectorJohn Beasley and many more, the All-Star Global Concert highlights one of the largest ever assemblages of Cuban and American artists on a single stage.

The program’s many historic moments include a first-time collaboration between bassist Esperanza Spalding and Cuban music legend Bobby Carcassés, and stellar emceeing from host Will Smith and music legend Quincy Jones.

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