Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy International Jazz Day!

Today marks the second year of the official, UN sponsored, International Jazz Day, so I hope everyone can get some jazz in their lives on this occasion.

There will be a massive concert in Istanbul, Turkey, for this awesome day. Check out the roster on the official Jazz Day website [here], and here's the official blurb about it:

"The evening concert at Istanbul’s famed Hagia Irene will feature performances by stellar musicians from around the world, including pianists John Beasley, George Duke, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Keiko Matsui and Eddie Palmieri; vocalists Rubén Blades, Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento, Dianne Reeves and Joss Stone; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Imer Demirer and Hugh Masekela; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Ben Williams; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Vinnie Colaiuta; guitarists Bilal Karaman, John McLaughlin, Lee Ritenour and Joe Louis Walker; saxophonists Dale Barlow, Igor Butman, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Liu Yuan; clarinetists Anat Cohen and Hüsnü Şenlendirici; violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; Pedrito Martinez and Zakir Hussain on percussion and other special guests. John Beasley will be the event's musical director."

Looks like it's gonna be a great event; in the meantime, check out this awesome track I'm hearing by Clifford Brown and Max Roach called "Sandu", and happy jazzin' to you all!

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