International Jazz Day 2023

International Jazz Day 2023 on 5mbs

International Jazz Day is an International Day declared by UNESCO in 2011 “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.”  It is celebrated annually on April 30.

The idea came from jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and he now chairs the event, alongside the UNESCO Director-General.

At 5mbs, we plan specific programming to mark the occasion (see details below).

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to:

  • celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact
  • raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding
  • reinforce international cooperation and communication

As South Australia’s leading Jazz, Blues and Classical music station, 5mbs celebrates International Jazz Day with six hours of Jazz programmed from Midday, April 30, 2023.

Join us as we celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30.

5mbs International Jazz Day Programs
12 noon to 6pm

Photo of Greg Schultz

12pm to 2pm – Greg Schultz
A look back at  prominent Jazz artists who have featured in the IJD All-Star Concerts over the past 10 years, from the 2013 Istanbul concert to the 2022 UN Headquarters in New York City.

Photo of Christopher Stone

2pm to 4pm – Chris Stone 
Celebrating the centenary of the births of four great jazz instrumentalists: Milt Jackson (born 1st January 1923); Dexter Gordon (born 27th February 1923); Wes Montgomery (born 6th March 1923); and Red Garland (born 13th May 1923). 

Photo of Jill Kirby

4pm to 6pm – Jill Kirby 
Presenting a festival of female Jazz voices from around the world.  The accompanying instrumentalists are, of course, a part of this IJD gala.  Today though, it’s the women who will vocalise the international language of Jazz.


5mbs Music Broadcasting Society of South Australia

Contact Person: David Wiffen – Jazz Coordinator 

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