International Jazz Day To Be Celebrated At NOMA With Terence Blanchard, Poncho Sanchez

Nitin Vaduku
Terence Blanchard

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Museum of Art in partnership with the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) will celebrate International Jazz Day on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., with a jazz brunch and public concert featuring Grammy Award-winning artists Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez.

         The public is invited to enjoy a free concert on the front steps of NOMA, 1 Collins Diboll Circle.

         Following the concert, Terence and Poncho will lead a second line from NOMA down Lelong Drive, along Esplanade Avenue to the New Orleans Fair Grounds for a second performance at the gates of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

         NOMA will be live-streaming the concert to Paris, the 2015 Global Host City and WWOZ will be live broadcasting the concert on their station.

         Blanchard will also be performing on Saturday, May 2, at Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., at 9:00 p.m. as part of “An Intimate Evening Series.”


         The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) is also celebrating International Jazz Day from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Treme Recreation Center, 900 N. Villere Street.

         The event is free and open to the public and will feature:


2:00 p.m.  – New Creations Brass Band

2:20 p.m.  – NORDC Piano Program

2:30 p.m.  – The Yisrael Trio

3:00 p.m.  – N'iya

6:00 p.m.  – Lafayette Elementary and Middle School Band and Choir

7:00 p.m. – Matthew Shilling Quartet


         In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration, which began in 2012. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world 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.

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