Organized by UNESCO, April 30, 2012 is the first ever International Jazz Day!
Jazz has always been one of my favorite musical genres, although I’ve never gained the confidence to improv well, at least in front of an audience. Here’s one of the greatest hits from the big band era of jazz to get your celebration started: “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (and who said that the clarinet wasn’t a jazz instrument!).
“Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!
I will sing to the LORD, I will sing;
I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel.”