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A great concert, celebration of “international jazz day “

By Antonio Lozoya

This Friday, May 2, at 7pm at the Teatro Angela Peralta , a great concert will be held on the occasion of International Jazz Day with participation of group of outstanding musicians of different nationalities: Pedro Cartas, violin, and Gabriel Hernandez, piano (Cuba); Robert Kaplan, drummer and singer, and Jed Paradies, saxophone (USA); Ken Basman, guitar (Canada) and Severo Barrera, acoustic guitar, Victor Monterrubio, drums, and Antonio Lozoya, bass (Mexico).

Celebration of international jazz day
Fri, May 2, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
250/200/100 pesos

One of the biggest cultural expressions of the twentieth century, jazz is capturing the spirit of this century. In times of change and uncertainty, we need the power of jazz more than ever to bring people together and to strengthen respect for shared values. Young men and women, especially, need new tools that speak peace to their hearts.

In November 2011, during the General Conference of UNESCO, the international community proclaimed April 30 as “International Jazz Day.” This celebration invites local communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz fans around the world to participate and learn about the art of jazz, its roots, its future and its impact. This important international art form is an example of promoting peace, dialogue between cultures, diversity and respect for human rights and human dignity, contributing to the elimination of discrimination, promotion of freedom of expression, promoting gender equality and strengthening the role of youth in changing society.

International Jazz Day aims to encourage and praise the dialogue and understanding between cultures through this music, uniting people and towns all over the world. As the universal language of freedom, this music promotes social integration to strengthen tolerance and mutual understanding and cultivating creativity.

“Jazz is an incarnation of the spirit of the UNESCO that brings people and peoples, contributing to peace-building and the promotion of tolerance and mutual understanding. In addition, their melodies have accompanied the struggles against racism and for democracy to bring about positive changes in our societies,“ said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Jazz Day, April 30, 2014.



Why an International Jazz Day?

• Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance

• Jazz is a form of freedom of expression

• Jazz symbolizes unity and peace

• Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups and communities

• Jazz promotes gender equality

• Jazz reinforces the role of youth in social change

• Jazz promotes artistic innovation, improvisation and integration of traditional music in modern musical forms

• Jazz encourages intercultural dialogue and facilitates the integration of marginal youths.


The celebration of this day aims to sensitize the general public to the virtues of jazz music as an educational tool and as a force for peace, unity, dialogue and strengthening cooperation between peoples. Governments, educational institutions and civil societies involved in promoting jazz take this opportunity to spread the idea that jazz is not just a style of music, but it also contributes to building more inclusive societies.

In this celebration we will enjoy a musical journey in which different styles of jazz will be addressed, such as the influence of Gypsy Jazz, including some compositions of Django Reinhart, the Latin style of Cuba and Mexico and great themes of traditional jazz executed majestically by the participants. This will be a unique opportunity to hear these great musicians traveling together around the world musically and celebrating with each presentation that jazz represents global peace and unity.


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