International Jazz Day 2020, 30 April 2020

International Jazz Day 2020, 30 April 2020

In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, International Jazz Day 2020 will take place online and be hosted by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman.

  • Virtual Global Concert: The day's centrepiece will be a Virtual Global Concert featuring artists from across the globe, streamed live on the UNESCO Jazz Day page The concert will begin at 3pm US Eastern Time (21h Paris) and will feature performances by John McLaughlin, Jane Monheit, Alune Wade, John Beasley, Ben Williams, Lizz Wright, John Scofield, Igor Butman, Evgeny Pobozhiy, Youn Sun Nah, A Bu, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Joey DeFrancesco, among others. It will last 90 minutes, including segments from previous International Jazz Days Global Concerts.

    The concert will stream on live today at 3:00pm on the UN Web TV website ( and will then go on-demand on UN web TV as well on the UN YouTube channel.
  • Educational Programme: Leading up to the Virtual Global Concert, there will be a series of educational masterclasses, children's activities and discussions via web conference streamed live on the UNESCO Jazz Day page and on  Students are already registered for the live classes and the general public can watch.

Live educational programmes are confirmed to be streamed in all six UN languages along with the concert. 

  • Global submissions: On display will be submissions from over two dozen musicians from jazz and other genres, performing under social isolation from their homes, along with special memories from previous International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concerts.
Media Advisory
Virtual Global Concert
Education Programs
Global Submissions