UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, and Marcus Miller are among American jazz stars performing at a concert meant to be the highlight of International Jazz Day celebrations Thursday. The lineup will also have a strong international contingent.
The day kicks off with a welcoming ceremony at Paris City Hall, followed by education programs and performances in all 20 districts of Paris. The city’s jazz history dates back to when African-American troops in World War I brought the music to France.
Other Jazz Day events are being held around the world.