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Tour name: International Jazz Day Gala

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Jazz artist and Music Director for The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (TMIJ), John Beasley, will head to Istanbul to direct a global all-star list of 35 musicians at a gala concert to mark International Jazz Day, which is sponsored by UNESCO.

“This year, the program will have ensembles to illustrate the global migration of jazz with blues, hip-hop, raga, Afro-Cuban and Middle-Eastern sounds,” says John Beasley, Music Director, inaugural concert, Paris 2012 and Istanbul, 2013. “It is exciting for me to bring together musicians from different countries, various genres, and all-ages to collaborate and play iconic songs; and show that there are no borders in jazz.”

Herbie Hancock, UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador, championed a world day for jazz because of his belief about “the international diplomatic aspect of jazz and how it has throughout a major part of its history been a major force in bringing people of various countries and cultures together."