On Sunday, March 18, 2012 jazz legend, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Herbie Hancock, sent out a call from the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center stage to the St. Louis community to join him in celebrating the first-ever “International Jazz Day” on April 30.
Charged with leading the St. Louis region in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz, Jazz St. Louis heeded Hancock’s call and hosted a wildly popular jazz jam session to celebrate the newly-minted music holiday. Jazz St. Louis welcomed scores of amateur and professional musicians as well as musicians from as far away as Chicago to the Jazz at the Bistro stage.
“Our first International Jazz Day Jam Session was met with incredible reception,” said Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford. “The musicianship and collaboration realized that night on the Bistro stage was inspiring and unparalleled. We look forward to welcoming jazz musicians, and the community at-large, back to the Bistro to celebrate America’s music and its diplomatic role in uniting people of all socio-economic means in all corners of the globe.”
Jazz St. Louis presents its second annual “International Jazz Day Jam Session” on Tuesday, April 30 from 7:30–10:30 p.m. at Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Avenue. Admission is free for patrons and musicians but seating is limited. The session will be hosted by Adaron “Pops” Jackson’s trio. Musicians wishing to participate in the jam session are encouraged to sign-up at the Bistro beginning at 7 p.m. The Bistro will offer bar service and a limited menu. For more information, please call Devin Rodino, Jazz St. Louis communications and operations manager at 314-289-4030.
For more information on International Jazz Day visit www.jazzday.com.