Louis Armstrong performs with bandmates in Vienna, Austria, on February 22, 1959
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Jumpin' for Jazz Day. It's International Jazz Day
We’re joining the rest of the world in celebrating International Jazz Day with this 1959 image of the legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Jazz music has its roots in Armstrong’s hometown of New Orleans, but it quickly spread throughout the United States before developing an international appeal and influence. April 30 is designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as International Jazz Day to highlight the music and its role in cultures around the world.This year, the day will be celebrated in more than 190 countries with educational programs, community events, and performances—including an all-star concert in Australia at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Musician Herbie Hancock, who is a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, was instrumental in starting Jazz Day. He’ll serve as co-artistic director of the 2019 show, along with trumpeter James Morrison. You can stream the concert on YouTube and Facebook—or celebrate Jazz Day by looking for a local jazz event in your area.