This weekend across the world, people are celebrating jazz music, its history and its culture. Havana, Cuba, is the host of the sixth annual United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Jazz Day.
In 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared 30 April as “International Jazz Day,” celebrating the political, cultural, musical and artistic influence of the genre. “Jazz empresses the power of music to build peace and bring together people of all cultures and backgrounds!”
Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. Jon Batiste is a New Orleans-bred, New York-based musician, educator, and humanitarian, and the new band leader of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The two discuss the genius of jazz with Walter Isaacson.
This conversation and performance was recorded at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival on Saturday, July 4, 2015.
The Ladder To The Moon just got a little closer to being over the moon!
We actually launched our first crowdfunding project this morning. The funds will help with program and music development. Sponsors make tax-deductible contributions and earn perks including tickets to Ladder To The Moon and the After Party to be held in the Deco Lounge.
We just received our first contributions. Thank you!!
Until July 2014, I had admired some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork but had slim knowledge of the amazing artist. When I learned that the Fine Arts Center was bringing an O’Keefe show to the Springs I started doing research. The more time I spent engaged with Georgia’s art the more smitten I became. When I learned more about the amazing person she was, I fell in love. (My wife approves) I launched The Ladder To The Moon project and I put my passion to work
Ladder To The Moon Project
Georgia O’Keeffe sometimes painted the colors, shapes and emotions she experienced while listening to music. The program Ladder To The Moon, named after one of her paintings,will present compositions, arrangements and improvisations inspired by O’Keefe’s art. The premiere program will be presented by Bemis School Of Art, July 9, 2015 in an exclusive performance at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center during their “Year of O’Keeffe.” I’ll give you a “heads up” when ticket sales begin.
JAZZ DAY Global All-Star ConcertPBS TV SPECIAL April 10 10:00 PM EST/9:00 PM CT (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS)
Each April we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and On April 30, 2015 we celebrate International Jazz day. Jazz Icon Herbie Hancock: “On International Jazz Day, jazz is celebrated, studied, and performed around the world for 24 hours straight. Collaborations abound among jazz icons, scholars, composers, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers who embrace the beauty, spirit, and principles of jazz, freely sharing experiences and performances in our big cities and in our small towns, all across our seven continents. I can’t think of a better way to build peace and cultural understanding.”
The PBS special will air in April as part of Jazz Appreciation Month and will raise awareness of the fourth annual International Jazz Day celebration, taking place on all continents on April 30, 2015. This year, Paris, France will serve as International Jazz Day Global Host City, presenting dozens of education programs and performances, along with an All-Star Global Concert featuring a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists. The concert will be streamed to audiences around the world.