International Jazz Day All-Star Sunrise Show @ Congo Square on 4/30 (7 a.m.)

WHAT: The inaugural will be celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30, and will begin with an all-star sunrise concert in New Orleans’ Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz.

WHO: Jazz luminaries including Herbie Hancock, , , , , , Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, , and . Hancock plans to perform his classic “Watermelon Man” with high school students. The concert will open with ritual drumming led by Luther Gray and conclude with a traditional second-line with Treme Brass Band.

WHY: International Jazz Day – Hancock’s first major program introduced as a Goodwill
Ambassador – was created to celebrate and recognize jazz music as a universal language
of freedom.

WHEN: Monday, April 30, 7–8 a.m.; gates to open at 6:30 a.m. The date coincides with the last day of what has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month in the U.S., and follows the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

WHERE: Outdoors at Congo Square, newly reopened in Armstrong Park after years of post-Katrina repair, in historic Faubourg Tremé. 835 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Free public parking available in the Mahalia Jackson Theatre lot (enter on Basin
St.). Concert to be broadcast live by WWOZ 90.7 FM and webcast at wwoz.org.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public; all ages welcome.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: call the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at 504-865-2100, or visit: www.unesco.org/days/jazzday and http://jazzday.com.

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