International Jazz Day celebrates music's "universal message of peace"

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Jazz can help to promote a universal message of peace and provide "unique opportunities for mutual understanding.

That's according to Irina Bokova, head of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO, in her message for International Jazz Day.

Janie Cangelosi reports.

In 2011, UNESCO officially designated 30 April as International Jazz Day to bring attention to the musical style and its heritage.

Jazz originated in African-American communities in the southern United States, but its improvisational style has gained popularity worldwide.

This year's International Jazz Day will be celebrated on Saturday with the All-Star Global Concert at the White House in the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C.

The concert will be hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and will feature Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, and other top tier musicians from all over the world.

The event has previously been held in France, Japan, and Turkey but now returns to the birthplace of jazz.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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