Jazz St. Louis Hosts Jazz Day Jam

April 5, 2013

Jazz St. Louis will host its second annual International Jazz Day Jam Session on Tuesday, April 30. This program is part of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day celebrations that will take place around the world. The jam session will be hosted by pianist Adaron “Pops” Jackson’s trio.

Last year, jazz legend, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Herbie Hancock, sent out a call from the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center stage to the St. Louis community to join him in celebrating the first-ever “International Jazz Day.”  Charged with leading the St. Louis region in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz, Jazz St. Louis heeded Hancock’s call and hosted a wildly popular open jazz jam session to celebrate the newly-minted music holiday.  Jazz St. Louis welcomed scores of amateur and professional musicians as well as musicians from as far away as Chicago to the Jazz at the Bistro stage.

“Our first International Jazz Day jam session was met with incredible reception,” said Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford. “The musicianship and collaboration that night on the Bistro stage was inspiring and unparalleled.  We look forward to welcoming jazz musicians and the community at-large back to the Bistro to celebrate America’s music and its role in uniting people in all corners of the globe.”

The jam will last from 7:30–10:30 p.m. at Jazz at the Bistro 3536 Washington Boulevard. Admission is free for patrons and musicians but seating is limited.

www.jazzstl.org and www.jazzday.com

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