As jazz-great Nina Simone once said, "jazz is not just music, it is a way of life, it is a way of being, a way of thinking".
Written into the quest for human dignity, democracy and civil rights, the story of jazz is celebrated worldwide on 30 April, with the support of the UN culture agency, UNESCO.
Mexican jazz composer and drummer Antonio Sánchez, defines jazz simply as “freedom”, highlighting its inclusive power to bring “different elements together, transforming it into something greater.”
An all-star concert in the Cuban capital, Havana, is the centerpiece of this year's celebrations for International Jazz Day on Sunday, 30 April.
Legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, a Goodwill Ambassador with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, and Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés, are among the artists from across the globe who will be performing.