So I just learnt that UNESCO (if you don’t know what’s that, please Google it ASAP) declared April 30 as the International Jazz Day.
Jazz has been a part of my constant music preference from childhood. Growing up around archaic and vintage things around the house, my inclination into the the Jazz Age has been eternal. One of my very precious family heirloom includes a Josephine Baker vinyl record. I don’t know if that still works but once upon a time, yeah, it used to be the Thursday anthem (Thursday used to be the family day when we would play music, arrange picnics and all that fancy schmancy thing in the long length backyard of our old house…..this is another story in itself!)
My love for jazz is as deep as Davy Jones’ chest…..no, not that deep!
Yeah, may be deeper.
The UNESCO declaration made me feel happy enough to survive yet another day of world domination by the virus. Also, as I read further about it, I realized, it is actually an important decision.
My fellow teachers and aspirants, read on what UNESCO has to say:
This Day is intended to raise awareness of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for empathy, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.
- Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
- Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
- Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
- Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
- Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.
Well, not for the advanced, brainy I-know-it-all teachers; but for others, it is a path breaking information, isn’t it?
But in general if you are still yet to explore this wonderful genre, go ahead tune into some beautiful pieces by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone for starters. Well, for modern days, Norah Jones has my heart!
Happy International Jazz Day (better late than never)!