This guest post is brought to you by Cameron Pearce, Senior Academic staff member of Music arts at Ara.
Monday April 30th is International Jazz Day.
This special date was set by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation as a way to honour the role that jazz plays in uniting people of all ages and from all across the globe.
International Jazz Day has been an annual event since 2012 and this year the global host city is St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the roles of the host city is to stage the All-Star Global concert which will feature a huge number of acclaimed jazz artists from around the world.
You can check out the International Jazz Day website for more information on the performers and links to specially planned performances happening all across the globe as part of the day. This will be streamed live so keep an eye out on this website for a link closer to the day.
In 2019, it will be the turn of our Australian neighbours to host International Jazz Day with the All-Star Global concert set to take place on the steps of the famous Sydney Opera House.
The local scene
If you are new to jazz and want to check out some live performances near you or you may be a die-hard fan looking for your next ‘fix’ then here are some ways to scratch that itch here in Christchurch.
First of all, make sure you get along to the weekly concert series happening at Ara Music Arts each Thursday night at 6pm. You can check out who’s playing when by following here.
Christchurch will once again host the New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival from May 23-27. The festival has more than 30 shows scheduled featuring some of the best musicians and artists from New Zealand and around the world. Check out some other quality venues that the local jazz scene has to offer: Fat Eddies and Vesuvio.
The Library has many reources on jazz, from DVDs, CDs, books, eBooks and journals. If you are interested in the history of jazz you might like to check out Jazz, a documentary which explores the history of jazz from its beginnings through to the 1990’s, including the stories of many of its creators and performers. It includes archival video, still photographs, historical performances, and newly recorded interviews and musical performances, or you may prefer Downbeat, which is a contemporary music magazine that will let you know what is happening in the music scene now.