7 International Jazz Day Celebrations

April 30 is International Jazz Day and the virtual celebrations are online this year. The good news is you can attend several in one day without a private jet! I compiled a guide to broadcasts and videos of jazz by Spanish speakers and in the Spanish speaking world.

A good primary source of information is the UNESCO website.  I’ve tested the links and shortlisted the easiest to access free programs below. The radio stations are available every day for your listening pleasure and Spanish practice! *For time zone conversions, I list the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) for reference, for more specific information see the link near the end.*

UNESCO began an international fiesta in honor of this unique musical form in 2011; jazz is a messenger of peace and goodwill across the globe. This year’s concert was to occur in South Africa, which would have been beautiful. Instead, it’s in your living room!

  1. Argentina: Día Internacional del Jazz en Córdoba. Radio program: “Los Perseguidores del Jazz” (In the Pursuit of Jazz) 30 April, 12:00 to 2:00 pm. [Time Zone: UTC -3:00, EDT + 1 hour] Click to listen online.
  2. Cuba: UN TV website video any time of International Jazz Day in Cuba 2017
  3. Dominican Republic:  Program Saturday, May 2 from 11:00am to 1:00pm [Time zone: UTC – 4:00, EDT] To begin, enter website and click on icon top left.
  4. Mexico: The University of Colina radio program “Blue Vibration,” on those who dedicated their lives to jazz. From April 26 through May 1 at 9 pm. [UTC -5:00, CDT]
  5. Puerto Rico: Radio program April 30 at 12:00 and 8:00 pm, listen online. [UTC -4:00, EDT]
  6. Spain: 99.9 Valencia broadcasts jazz all day. [UTC + 2, EDT + 6] Podcast.
  7. United States: International Jazz Day 2020 in New York City. Hosted by Herbie Hancock. Virtual Global Concert, 3 pm EDT [UTC -4:00] Live on jazzday.com

* When is the concert? See 24timezones.com for the temporal conversion to your time zone. Great idea to confirm ahead. : )

Which program interests you? What is your favorite kind of jazz?

Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco! ¡Olé! –Rebecca

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, International Jazz Fest 1984 Photo: Gampe

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Rebecca Cuningham

6 thoughts on “7 International Jazz Day Celebrations

  1. Great post and great information! Here in Valencia there is a good jazz station, I am glad you posted it. Funny, when I was working in Miami, I did a musical comedy and I had the opportunity to compose most of the music and write all of the songs and the arranger that our producer assigned to me was Arturo Sandoval. I had the chance to work in his home studio in Miami Springs (a suburb of Miami) and he even gave me a recording of an unedited version of A Night in Tunisia. He was a great musician, a tremendous piano player and an all around great guy. His son is a visual artist and actually did all the artwork for the show. That was back in the early 90’s. Great memory!
    Thanks Rebecca,
    All the best,

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      1. Yes, Valencia is a city very rich in culture. We’ve the third most important art museum in Europe and much more…Arturo was a gentleman and a great musician and most certainly I learned a lot from him. Thank you Rebecca, stay safe and all the best!


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