All that Jazz

Well this should certainly strike the right note. Today 30 April is International Jazz Day. And this ain’t no made up, half balked day. No because back in November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) no less officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. But wait, there’s more. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. As a result both The United Nations and UNESCO now  recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.

The official International Jazz Day site  states that the day serves to focus attention on Jazz as an international art form and its role in promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.Seems a lot is expected of Jazz.

This year, Washington, D.C., has been named the International Jazz Day 2016 Global Host City. The city is the birthplace of the great jazz pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, and enjoys a thriving jazz scene.

Washington, D.C., will join with towns and cities in over 190 countries on all 7 continents to observe International Jazz Day with performances and programs. If you are in DC, you might like to pop into the White House because President Obama and the First Lady will be hosting an International Jazz Day All Star Global Concert featuring, among others,  Herbie Hancock, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Trombone Shorty , and Diana Krall. The list goes on. Guess it’s one of the way cool things you can do as a late term President.

When I think of Jazz, I think monochrome. I think black and white and groovy jazz lingo, treble and bass clefs, piano key boards and silhouette images of people playing the trumpet. Okay…so the silhouetted trumpet bit is too obvious but I won’t be swayed on the black and white. So for my wrap I have used black paper (I love wrapping with black paper…so clean and crisp and punchy) with a pleated belly band, just a hint of a black and white ribbon and a rosette made of sheet music. Hope you hip cats dig it.

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