April 30, 2013 was International Jazz Day. The Barbados Jazz Society joined 194 countries around the globe to celebrate this UNESCO inspired event. http://jazzday.com/
BJS celebrated with the Steel Pan & Ivory concert at the Divi Southwinds Resort, and live streamed the event to link with the main stage celebration in Istanbul, Turkey and countries around the globe.
Steel Pan & Ivory featured Barbados’ premier pannist, Andre Forde with veteran pianist Ebe Gilkes accompanied by Richard Evans on acoustic bass and Errol Bradshaw on drums. A Jazz Night by Barbados Today
BJS celebrated jazz with a Jazzy Church Service featuring sacred Jazz music and a panel discussion on The History of Jazz in Barbados panel discussion led by Barbados’ celebrated Jazz stalwarts. Jazzy restaurants around the island partnered with BJS to host live jazz evenings.
BJS members tuned in to the All Caribbean Jazz Radio Show, hosted by Wayne Harewood in NYC, for a lively discussion on the significance of International Jazz Day to the jazz art form.
UNESCO International Jazz Day is a global celebration that brings together communities, schools, artist, historians, academics and jazz enthusiast from all over the world to celebrate and learn about the jazz genre, its roots, its future and its impact.