International Jazz Day To Be Held In Istanbul

NEW YORK (February 18, 2013)--Pianist Herbie Hancock says he is looking forward to paying tribute to a special connection between Turkey and jazz music at celebrations of International Jazz Day on April 30 in Istanbul.

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Hancock is organizing a gala concert featuring jazz stars from around the world in Istanbul, which is host city for International Jazz Day 2013.

Hancock said he hopes the event spotlights the surprising bond that was forged decades ago when the Turkish ambassador to the U.S. opened his residence for white and black musicians to jam together at a time when segregation held sway in the U.S. capital.

The ambassador's son, Ahmet Ertegun, went on to found Atlantic Records, launching the careers of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and jazz musician Ornette Coleman, among others.

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