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Jazz Is Alive: Celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30

11 April 2014

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[JEREMIAH ABIAH] Every day we wake up and we don't even think about
breathing.

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It's the same thing with jazz. It is the freest way to express life.

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[Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador] You are able to
transcend the mind

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and let the heart pour through.

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[JORDAN MCLEAN] Jazz is really a lifestyle.

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[Dee Dee Bridgewater, Singer] It's improvisation.

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[ANAT COHEN] Jazz is alive.

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[Anat Cohen, Clarinet Player] I think the world needs jazz
now more than ever.

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[GERALD CLAYTON] It's really just a code for improvised or
creative music.

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[JEFF BHASKER] Because you're improvising, jazz allows you to
express yourself

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better than words.

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[CLAYTON] Get rid of the notion that jazz is
something

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that only existed in the past.

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[MCLEAN] I always tell people to appreciate jazz

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because it just makes you cooler.

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[BRIDGEWATER] You are going to feel so good

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that you can go out and there are no problems

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that are too difficult for you to solve.

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[HANCOCK] Celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30th.

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[International Jazz Day. April 30.
Produced by the U.S. Department of State]

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[Special thanks to: Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill
Ambassador; Dee Dee Bridgewater, Singer]

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[Anat Cohen, Clarinet Player; Gerald Clayton, Composer/Piano
Player; Jeff Bhasker, Producer/Piano Player]

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[Jordan McLean, Trumpet Player for Antibalas; ABIAH, singer;
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz]