Did you know that today, April 30th, is International Jazz Day? The Director-General of UNESCO posted a wonderful message about it. Here’s an excerpt:
Jazz is so much more than music: it is a lifestyle and a tool for dialogue, even social change. The history of jazz tells of the power of music to bring together artists from different cultures and backgrounds, as a driver of integration and mutual respect. Jazz gave rhythm to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the United States, and has done so elsewhere in the world. Through jazz, millions of people have sung and still sing today their desire for freedom, tolerance and human dignity. […] I invite you to join us in spreading the message of energy, sharing and peace through culture and music.
Well if that’s not something to celebrate, what is?
To get this party started (and because this is an accordion website after all), here’s a healthy dose of jazz from the late, great Art Van Damme:
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