Monday, April 30, 2012

Music Monday ~ International Jazz Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its 195 member nations will celebrate the day around the world for International Jazz Day which will be held each year on April 30th. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock created the idea awhile ago and plans have been in the works for this day.

I discovered a wonderful website today for a jazz musician who needs no introduction, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and its jam-packed with lots of information plus all the happenings surrounding International Jazz Day. Go ahead and bookmark this website, I sure did;-)

Without further ado, here is one of my favorite international jazz artists, Keiko Matsui. She is a Japanese keyboardist and composer combining smooth jazz, jazz fusion and new age. This song was recorded live at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Toyko Japan in 2002. It's spectacular!

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