International Jazz Day will celebrate its 10th anniversary Friday with an all-star concert featuring Andra Day, Dianne Reeves, Angélique Kidjo and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Musicians scheduled to perform include Cyrus Chestnut, Marcus Miller, John McLaughlin, Ivan Lins, Kenny Garrett, Ben Williams and Joe Lovano.

The concert, hosted by Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas from United Nations Headquarters in New York, will be a live webcast at 5 p.m. ET on YouTube, Facebook, and jazzday.com. Artists for the global concert will perform from New York, Los Angeles, UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Cape Town, Moscow, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and other cities.

Music legend and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock worked with the General Conference of UNESCO to create International Jazz Day in 2011. The all-star concert serves as the official culmination of International Jazz Day, capping a program of performances, educational workshops, community service projects, panel discussions, jam sessions, radio and television broadcasts, and virtual gatherings.

“Our International Jazz Day community has displayed incredible resilience, creativity, ingenuity and compassion throughout immense challenges of the past year,” Hancock said. “While the global pandemic continues to make life difficult for so many around the world, the example of organizers from Nepal to Mexico to Cameroon inspires us to greet this historic 10th Anniversary milestone with joy, courage and hope for the future of jazz.”

Following the concert, a televised two-hour retrospective covering the 10-year history of International Jazz Day will premiere nationally on PBS at 9 p.m. ET (check local PBS listings). The television special includes International Jazz Day performances by music icons who have taken part in the observance during the past 10 years.

For more information, go to hancockinstitute.org.

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