Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Culture

International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration

Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding perform “Midnight Sun,” accompanied by guitarist Romero Lubambo, at the 2012 Jazz Day concert in 2012.
Courtesy of Steve Mundinger
Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding perform “Midnight Sun,” accompanied by guitarist Romero Lubambo, at the 2012 Jazz Day concert in 2012.

On Demand

Watch now with the PBS Video App!

"International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration" is an uplifting two-hour retrospective that highlights collaborations between artists representing over 30 nations as part of the All-Star Global Concert, the official culminating event of each year’s International Jazz Day.

Viewers will enjoy performances from the United Nations, Istanbul, Osaka, Paris, the White House, Havana, St. Petersburg, New Orleans and Melbourne.


This entertaining look back at 10 years of historic International Jazz Day concerts features dozens of music icons, including unforgettable performances by Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Hugh Masekela and many more.

For more than a century, the truly American music of jazz has promoted peace, diversity, individual expression, dialogue among cultures, and respect for human dignity. International Jazz Day highlights the unifying attributes of this music through live performances, education programs and special events worldwide.


International Jazz Day was first celebrated in 2012, and is recognized on the official calendars of both the United Nations and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Each year on April 30, universities, libraries, schools, arts centers, organizations of all disciplines, artists, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world honor this revered musical art form that for decades has brought together people of different cultures, religions and nationalities.

Watch On Your Schedule:

This program is available to watch now.

With the PBS Video App, you can stream your favorite and local station shows. Download it for free on your favorite device. The app allows you to catch up on recent episodes and discover award-winning shows.

Join The Conversation:

International Jazz Day is on Facebook and Instagram.


A production of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, presented nationally by WTTW Chicago and distributed by PBS. Executive Producers: Thomas R. Carter and Herbie Hancock. Producers: Michelle Day and Doug Biro. Director: Jon Fine. Musical Director: John Beasley.