The first International Day of Jazz (International Jazz Day) was held in 2012. On the introduction of the new date in the calendar of the General Conference of UNESCO, announced in November 2011. The primary objective of this festival, its founders identified "increasing international awareness of jazz as a force that promotes peace, unity, dialogue and increased contacts between people».
Today, many public organizations, educational institutions and individuals, as well as state authorities are supporting the promotion of jazz. Now they have a another tool for this — the International Day of Jazz.
Jazz originated in the late XIX — early XX century in the United States as a synthesis of African and European cultures, and to this day remains a unique form of music that unites race and ethnicity, and blur the boundaries between people and nations.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on the occasion of the first day of Jazz, said: "Jazz throughout its history has always been a factor for positive change, and it remains so today . This is why UNESCO declared the International Day of jazz. This music, which lies in the origins of slavery, has always vehemently opposed all forms of oppression. She speaks the language of liberty, which is essential for all cultures. UNESCO is guided by the same objectives in their efforts to build bridges of dialogue and understanding among all cultures and societies».
The first day was marked by a festive jazz program which includes live musical performances, workshops and round tables involving people who have made great contributions to the development of this art. It is assumed that such activities will be conducted in the future.
By the way, the first time the word "jazz" was mentioned in the press April 2 in 1912. A March 8 in 1929 in Leningrad, was the premiere performance of "Teadzhaz" — premiere jazz orchestra .