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; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.
On and around April 30th every year, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.
JAZZ AT THE PLAZA 2019
ABOUT DAYREN SANTAMARIA & MADE IN CUBA BAND! Dayren Santamaria was fated to be an entertainer. Born in Matanzas, Cuba this virtuoso Afro-Cuban violinist's passion for music has taken her on a journey around the world and across musical styles.
Her band Dayren Santamaria & Made in Cuba is comprised of Grammy winners and recording artists Oscar Hernandez (Piano), Raul Pineda (Drums/Timbales), Joey De Leon (Congas/Vocals), Alfred Ortiz (Vocals/Percussion), and Ross Schodek (Bass). They perform in the Southland and all around the world. For more information about Dayren Santamaria, please visit her on social media and Dayren.com.
JAZZ AT THE PLAZA 2018
ABOUT THE MITCH FORMAN TRIO FEATURING NIKI HARIS! Prolific pianist Mitch Forman (Stan Getz, Wayne Shorter, Jon McLaughlin) and his powerhouse trio from the rave-reviewed album “Puzzle,” bassist Kevin Axt and drummer Steve Hass, join forces with charismatic vocalist Niki Haris. Best known as “the big voice” behind Madonna for 18 years and collaborator with legends from Ray Charles to Mick Jagger, Haris joins Forman’s trio for an extraordinary jazz concert under the stars.
JAZZ AT THE PLAZA 2017
ABOUT KAREN BRIGGS
Karen Briggs is an internationally recognized musician whose eclectic appearances include live performances around the world, movies, and collaborations with recording artists like Diana Ross, Wu Tang Clan, and Yolanda Adams.
Often referred to as “The Lady in Red”, Karen Briggs’ fiery violin performance weaves between genres, creating a truly unique experience for the viewer. This is an evening of energetic, soulful and profound contemporary jazz that is not to be missed!
JAZZ AT THE PLAZA 2016
TIZER is an acclaimed world, Jazz and fusion powerhouse group featuring an all-star lineup of musicians. Led by pianist, keyboardist, composer and “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee, Lao Tizer, the quartet also features bass legend and three time Grammy nominee Ric Fierabracci, drum phenom Gene Coye and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Steve Nieves.