Iconic jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador served as artistic co-director of the All-Star Global Concert in Melbourne, Australia in celebration of International Jazz Day on April 30 which featured over 30 world-renowned artists including Herbie, James Morrison, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling.
Video courtesy of Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.
Following thousands of jazz events taking place in 195 countries around the world, International Jazz Day 2019 came to a thrilling close this evening in Melbourne, Australia with an extraordinary All-Star Global Concert at the Melbourne Arts Centre’s renowned Hamer Hall. Led by artistic co-directors Herbie Hancock (USA) and James Morrison (Australia), and musical director John Beasley (USA), the concert was streamed live by the United Nations and UNESCO and on www.jazzday.com. It featured riveting performances by over 30 international artists: Cieavash Arian (Iran), William Barton (Australia), Brian Blade (USA), A Bu (China), Igor Butman (Russian Federation),Theo Croker (USA), Joey DeFrancesco (USA), Eli Degibri (Israel), Kurt Elling (USA), James Genus (USA), Paul Grabowsky (Australia), Antonio Hart (USA), Matthew Jodrell (Australia), Aditya Kalyanpur (India), Ledisi (USA), Jane Monheit (USA), James Muller (Australia), Eijiro Nakagawa (Japan), Mark Nightingale (United Kingdom), Jeff Parker (USA), Chico Pinheiro (Brazil), Tineke Postma (Netherlands), Eric Reed (USA), Antonio Sánchez (Mexico), Somi (USA), Ben Williams (USA),Lizz Wright (USA) and Tarek Yamani (Lebanon).
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#Repost @somimusic ・・・ I have the honor of singing with the legendary @herbiehancockofficial today at the All-Star Global Concert in Australia celebrating @intljazzday and sponsored by @UNESCO. Thrilled to share this moment with so many colleagues and friends I love and admire.✨✨✨ Catch the livestream on jazzday.com today or the televised broadcast on @pbs in the near future. ♥️ #thebeautifulroad
Herbie Hancock poses for a photo in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Photograph: Steve Mundinger
Read Herbie's interview with The Guardian where he opens up about his struggles with addiction, the importance of striving and why the secret to jazz is generosity HERE.
Photograph © Steve Mundinger
"When a human being is oppressed, the natural tendency is to feel anger. Jazz is a response to oppression that is not bullets and blood. Jazz is the expression of harmony ... and at the same time of hope and freedom."- Herbie Hancock
"We all need to have a lot more unity than we do today... It's really about sharing."— RN Breakfast (@RNBreakfast) April 30, 2019
Herbie Hancock speaks to Fran Kelly for #InternationalJazzDay. 📻 https://t.co/ySNVYWWqUK pic.twitter.com/0D3tUQZZo4
What an inspiring evening! Thanks to @herbiehancock @johnbeasley @JaneMonheit @ButmanIgor @somimusic @elidegibri @BrianBlade @lizzwrightmusic & our other All-Stars for a beautiful @IntlJazzDay 2019https://t.co/YchlgptpUn— Hancock Institute (@HancockInst) April 30, 2019
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO SEE THE LEGENDARY MAN HIMSELF LIVE THIS END MAY/JUNE!