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Second annual International Jazz Day

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Second annual International Jazz Day


Jazz lovers and performers worldwide can now point to their very own day. April thirtieth is the second annual International Jazz Day. UNESCO describes it as a “universal music of freedom and creativity”.

For many of these students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC, jazz also offers them a way out of difficult neighbourhoods.

Davey Yarborough from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts gave us his perspective:
“It is still the most democratic form of communication in the world. And to me that says it all.”

And jazz radio host Rusty Hassan has no doubts about its longevity:
“It’s part of the fabric of American culture and it will survive, if not thrive.”

The school encourages students to embody the same qualities of performing in a disciplined yet improvisational manner as the great jazz musician Duke Ellington, a Washington native himself.

Jazz originated at a time of deep racial segregation, when it was often the only means for African-American expression.

With an African-American in the White House today, it’s also a proud barometer of the country’s social progress.

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