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 day is used to draw public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage and is a culmination of a month long focus on the on jazz.

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts offers a degree in Jazz and Popular Music Studies since 2007 and is delighted to join the rest of the world to acknowledge the role jazz has played in society. Under the theme celebrate, educate, participate, EMCVPA will be hosting a number of events on Wednesday, April 30 as the main activities for Jamaica.

Celebrations will close with a FREE to the public Jazz Concert at 7:00 p.m. on the lawns of Devon House featuring artistes including Orville Hammond, Maurice Gordon, Ruth Royes, Samuele Vivian, Ibo Cooper and Joel Ashbourne.

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