State of Jazz

In the weeks surrounding UNESCO’s International Jazz Day on 30 April, State of Jazz is a broad, open access program promoting jazz activities all over Adelaide and South Australia’s regional areas. Jazz is a vital international artform, which features improvised elements and has been identified by UNESCO as having a diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.

Now is your chance to be a part of this campaign, celebrating all things Jazz. Register your event before COB 2 April.


Who should register?

Musicians, venues, teachers, and anyone keen to host a live jazz event in South Australia between 16 April and 7 May in 2017. A jazz event includes any occasion where live jazz music is performed or discussed (this can include a talk or a study session for example) and where the public are invited. Please see our Terms and Conditions for eligibility. Events in regional areas and in metropolitan Adelaide will be promoted.

What’s the benefit of registering your event?
Registration is FREE and you will be part of a broad state-wide campaign highlighting on South Australian jazz-makers of all kinds. You will be associated with Adelaide Festival Centre’s International Jazz Day celebrations, curated by James Morrison, and centred around our inaugural International Jazz Day Gala, which will feature Gordon Goodwin, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, James Morrison and his Academy Jazz Ensemble as well as a host of other soloists.

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated 30 April as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration, which is now hosted by a different city each year and includes a high profile All-Star Global Concert, which is broadcast world-wide. Global Host Cities to date are:

2013 – Istanbul , Turkey
2014 – Osaka, Japan
2015 – Paris, France
2016 – Washington DC, USA

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. Each year on 30 April, 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.

For more information about International Jazz Day, including videos of previous years’ celebrations, please visit