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Celebrate International Jazz Day with HYFIN

This Sunday is International Jazz Day, and HYFIN will celebrate with over 12 hours of jazz. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., HYFIN will present a prelude to a premiere, with legends and a new generation of artists leading up to the debut of NPR’s Jazz Night in America at 6 p.m.

Hosted by multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride, Jazz Night in America presents content on multiple platforms and from across the nation to share this uniquely American art form and reinvigorate public media jazz programming for audiences today. The radio program features storytelling with concert performances, connecting jazz enthusiasts and potential new fans with artists and venues — and each other — through weekly, one-hour broadcasts and an array of 26 live signature videocasts and on-demand video of jazz events from today’s great artists and venues.

HYFIN will present Jazz Night In America every Sunday at 6 p.m. beginning April 30. Experience a session on HYFIN at 88.9FM HD2, online at or download the app (Apple | Android).

As a bonus, join HYFIN’s DJ Tarik Moody live at Lupi & Iris that same Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a jazz brunch, during which he'll spin some of his favorite jazz cuts.

About International Jazz Day

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars, as well as the art form it celebrates for:

  • Promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity
  • Eradicating discrimination
  • Fostering gender equality
  • Promoting freedom of expression

The annual event is chaired and led by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the nonprofit charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.

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
  • Reinforce international cooperation and communication
Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee