Musicians from Egypt, Lebanon join 9th Int'l Jazz Day held online

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

Egypt-based jazz vocalist Michelle Rounds and Lebanese jazz pianist and composer Tarek Yamani will take part in the virtual jazz celebration

Tarek Yamani [L] and Michelle Rounds [R] among jazz musicians participating in International Jazz Day, 30 April. (Photos: artists' social media)

The ninth International Jazz Day 2020 will take place on 30 April virtually, and not as previously planned in Cape Town, South Africa.

Dozens of international musicians will feature their work through a variety of online platforms announced by the artists. 

The highlights from the Arab world announced so far are Egypt-based jazz vocalist Michelle Rounds who will live-stream her concert via Amman Jazz Festival's Facebook page at 3pm, Cairo time.

Lebanese jazz pianist and award-winning composer Tarek Yamani will give a lecture in Arabic on re-harmonising Arabic Music at 1pm on the website.

Yamani's lecture is part of the festival's official line-up of masterclasses panel discussions and children's activities held on the event's website throughout the day. 

The organisers said "the programme will include a panel hosted by Nate Chinen, director of editorial content for WBGO and chief jazz contributor to NPR Music. The panel will feature artist participants including Grammy award-winning bassist and composer Marcus Miller and legendary South African vocalist Sibongile Khumalo. A live audience will be able to submit questions throughout the session."

The day will culminate with a global concert hosted by Herbie Hancock and featuring artists from dozens of countries and many continents.

Among the names revealed in the line-up are John McLaughlin, Jane Monheit, Alune Wade, John Beasley, Ben Williams, Lizz Wright, John Scofield, Igor Butman, Evgeny Pobozhiy, Youn Sun Nah, A Bu, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Joey DeFrancesco.

The concert's live streaming will begin at 7pm GMT (3pm US Eastern time) on website.

According to the organisers, the International Jazz Day "brings together countries and communities worldwide annually on 30 April to celebrate jazz and highlight music's important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity. International Jazz Day has become a global movement reaching more than two billion people annually on all seven continents, including Antarctica, through education programmes, performances, community outreach, radio, television and streaming, along with electronic, print and social media."


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