April 30th is International Jazz Day, a United Nations sponsored annual event being celebrated this year with an all-star concert in Istanbul, Turkey. Among the artists performing at the show will be pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, and bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding. Also, there will be musicians from all over the world, among them: from South Africa, flugelhornist and trumpeter Hugh Masekela; from Russia, saxophonist Igor Butman and trombonist Alevtina Polyakova; from China, saxophonist Liu Yuan; and from Turkey, clarinetist Hüsnü Şenlendirici and trumpeter Imer Demirer.
Here’s the video you can tune in to enjoy a live webcast of the concert from Istanbul. The concert begins Tuesday April 30th at 9:00 pm in Istanbul, which is 7:00 pm in London, and 2:00 pm in New York. In Beijing the time will be 2:00 am on May 1st, and in Sydney, Australia, it will be 4:00 am. Enjoy!