PARIS, APRIL 11 – Gianluca Petrella, an Italian jazz musician internationally considered one of the best young jazz trombonists, will be among the stars of International Jazz Day 2017, hosted next year in the musically vibrant and culturally rich city of Havana, Cuba. The celebration marks the seventieth anniversary of Cuba’s accession to UNESCO and the foundation of the National Commission for UNESCO.
Petrella, who in 2001 won Italy’s Django d’Or Award as well as Musica Jazz’s annual critics poll as Best Young Talent, will play at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso along talents such as Ambrose Akinmusire (United States), Carl Allen, (United States), Marc Antoine (France), Richard Bona (United States), Till Brönner (Germany), A Bu (China), Igor Butman (Russian Federation), Bobby Carcassés (Cuba) Regina Carter (United States), Kurt Elling, (United States), Kenny Garrett, (United States) Herbie Hancock (United States), Antonio Hart, (United States), Takuya Kuroda (Japan), Ivan Lins (Brazil), Sixto Llorente (Cuba), Marcus Miller (United States), Youn Sun Nah (Republic of Korea), Julio Padrón (Cuba), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Cuba), Antonio Sánchez (Mexico), Christian Sands (United States), Esperanza Spalding (United States), Chucho Valdés (Cuba), Ben Williams (United States), Tarek Yamani (Lebanon), Dhafer Youssef (Tunisia), Pancho Amat (Cuba) and César López (Cuba).
Havana has been selected to serve as the 2017 Global Host City, presented each year on April 30th, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. International Jazz Day highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promotes intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unites people from all corners of the globe. The day is recognized on the official calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.
“UNESCO is proud to be associated once again with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, as well as with the Instituto Cubano de la Música, to raise the flag for jazz, for freedom, for creativity, for diversity and for unity. This year’s focus on Cuba is testament to the power of jazz to build bridges and join women and men together around shared values and aspirations”, said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.
“Afro-Cuban jazz and its rich history have played a pivotal role in the evolution and enrichment of the entire jazz genre”, Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, said: “The incomparable trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie along with beloved Cuban musicians Mario Bauzá, Machito and Chano Pozo, infused American jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms to create a brand new, energetic sound that defined modern music”. (@UNESCO/@alebal)