International Jazz Day 2018

The experienced and passionate team behind the Rye international jazz and blues festival are extremely proud to announce that we are in the process of planning two very high profile events to celebrate this hugely significant global event in East Sussex in April 2018. This exciting project will be a beacon for jazz not only for the South East but nationally in 2018 and will take place at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Saturday 28th April and at St Mary’s in the Castle, Hastings on International Jazz Day, Monday 30th April.

“When a human being is oppressed, the natural tendency is to feel anger. Jazz is a response to oppression that is not bullets and blood. Jazz is the expression of harmony ... and at the same time of hope and freedom.” Herbie Hancock

“Jazz has the power to make men forget their differences and come together… Jazz is the personification of transforming overwhelmingly negative circumstances into freedom, friendship, hope, and dignity.” Quincy Jones

In November 2011, UNESCO officially designated 30 April as ‘International Jazz Day’, in recognition of the power of jazz to develop and increase intercultural exchanges, as well as understanding. ‘International Jazz Day’ creates a platform to raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz’s virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples across all areas of society and backgrounds. 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.

Intl Jazz Day

Key Project & Event Objectives

To create a legacy and the continuation of jazz as a music genre, inspire and to encourage learning within the wider community and region, encourage audience development, reach new people and to improve their quality of experience, develop a strong educational strand and outreach programme with regional schools and colleges, create awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and to present the very highest quality live music experiences. And above all, celebrate and embrace jazz as a dynamic music genre.

Project Programming & Events

Saturday 28th April – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

The programme of events on this special day will include free and ticketed music performances, masterclasses and educational workshops for all ages and abilities.

A specific ticketed gala concert ‘The Colours of Jazz’ will take place at the De La Warr Pavilion, in Bexhill on Saturday 28th April which will be an inspirational music journey through the many styles of jazz.

This unique gala event will feature performances with special guests and the best of British professional and highly respected musicians and singers, celebrating Ragtime, Traditional, Swing, Bebop, Big Band, Gypsy, Latin, Afro Cuban, Freestyle, Hip Hop and Fusion.

The gala event will be produced using the highest quality production values and will be enhanced by a specially commissioned multimedia visual arts presentation.

Free music events will also take place at various times and locations throughout the day providing the platform for local and regional musical talent to perform to the public.

Specific music masterclasses will also take place at dedicated times during the day including; Voice, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Guitar and Brass.

There will also be a specialist industry seminar which will include the business of jazz, discussions with record labels, artist’s managers, agents, venues and promoters to discuss emerging trends, challenges and to provide expert advice in developing a career in jazz. In addition to this, there will be a specific art, photographic and jazz for kid’s projects during the day.

Monday 30th April – St Mary’s in the Castle, Hastings – International Jazz Day

An action packed day of educational workshops, learning and world class live music performances.

A programme of events will take place to share the vibrancy and vitality of jazz music with students and educators from across the region on Monday April 30th, the ‘official’ International Jazz Day.

Our focus is to bring together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, musicians and jazz enthusiasts to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots and future impact.

Educational music workshops will take place throughout the day, with a multimedia visual presentation providing a greater insight into the origins and history of jazz.

A live ticketed concert will take place in the evening featuring a number of respected British artists and special guests, showcasing the versatility and creativity through live performance. We are also planning live streaming from global locations from various time zones.

We are currently in discussion with key funding bodies, stakeholders, local authorities and commercial corporate business partners to partner this dynamic project.

There are also discussions with national and regional media partners that have shown a very strong interest in partnering this exciting event. Further announcements on the development of this project over the coming months. We would be delighted to discuss the substantial strategic marketing and branding benefits with interested parties.

Please do email Ian Bowden, Project Director at for more information.

Posted on 10/11/2017 by Ian Bowden

Main Menu

Stay in touch

Your information will be used by Rye International Jazz Festival to send you our newsletter.

View our full Privacy Policy.