International Jazz Day

April 30, 2017 - 12:00 am - 2:00 pm

Chicago Cultural Center – Claudia Cassidy Theater | 78 E. Washington | Free


In celebration of International Jazz Day, the Jazz Institute of Chicago honors the diversity of jazz and it’s ability to forge new connections by featuring two ensembles that represent the global influences of the music with performances from Gustavo Cortiñas and Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan.


Mexican drummer Gustavo Cortiñas presents music from his new album “Esse,“ which “gathers fellow musicians from Chicago to contemplate, through composition and improvisation, the relationship between essence and being.”


Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan performs a blend of American jazz, Gypsy jazz, Flamenco, and world folk music threaded together through virtuosic improvisation.”


About International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day, officially designated by UNESCO in November 2011 and chaired by legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, seeks to “bring 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; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.”

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