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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Turkey announced  that the Turkish city of Istanbul will be the global host city of the second International Jazz Day.

The 2013 International Jazz Day celebration on 30 April  will  kick off with a special early morning performance for high school students conducted by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others, UNESCO said in a press release yesterday .

Herbie Hancock  and Wayne Shooter

Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter

On the same day , other celebrations and educational programmes will take place around the globe. Libraries, schools, performing arts centres, artists and arts organizations of all disciplines throughout the world will be encouraged to celebrate the day through presentations, concerts and other jazz-focused activities.

Born in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, jazz is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe.

In partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day was adopted by UNESCO Member States on the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. The Day seeks to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.