SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The International Jazz Day AZ Foundation, a 501-C3, through its “International Jazz Day Movement campaign announces efforts to begin promoting activities in anticipation of Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day 2019 throughout the state of Arizona. While Arizona is quite a distance away from the origin of Jazz; New Orleans, it has been one of the more active community in support of said celebration with past and planned events in several of its cities.
For the 2019 celebration Doc Jones, founder of International Jazz Day AZ Foundation has reached out to some of his musician friends and supporters in New Orleans to bring the sounds and flavor of New Orleans Jazz to Scottsdale, Arizona. The Int’l Jazz Day AZ Foundation’s 8th Annual Arizona International Jazz Day celebration will be held on April 6, 2019 at the Scottsdale Preforming Art Center. The performance will include not only jazz, but Cajun Zydeco, another artform that is indigenous to Louisiana as well. The Festival will unify the two cities through these beloved musical traditions, experiences and culture. List of entertainers and details will be announced in January.
Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created in 2001 by the Smithsonian to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. Later 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 the 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.
Beginning this Labor Day, Int’l Jazz Day AZ will kick-off its marketing campaign for next year’s celebration. Doc Jones said that while they are pleased that in 2017 the Arizona State Senate honored the organization with a proclamation recognizing International Jazz Day Arizona Foundation for their activities, they will now seek an actual Resolution from the full Arizona Legislature declaring April 2019 Jazz Appreciation Month and April 30, 2019 as International Jazz Day Arizona.
Ultimately, the host committee’s goal is to produce Jazz Day AZ Festivals in the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, and Mesa Arizona through 2020.
Doc Jones started this International Jazz Day AZ Movement 7 years ago in Phoenix. Since then, International Jazz Day AZ Movement has produced Jazz Festivals in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa, Puerto Peńasco, and Alamos Sonora Mexico. These have received the approval and support of Governor Doug Ducey, 8 Mayors, 2 Arizona Congressmen, plus the full Arizona House and Senate.
Jones was named the Ambassador of “Jazz Day AZ Movement” in January 2013, and since then the foundation has increased the awareness of Jazz, bringing together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts 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 cooperation and communication.