Hugh Masekela. Picture: Jason Boud/ANA

UNESCO has officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.

On Saturday from 2pm to 7pm, in Central Park, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is hosting Jazzathon 2018 in partnership with 4EverJazz during Jazz Appreciation Month as their contribution in supporting the South African jazz music genre, and also encouraging young people to pursue their dreams in being part of this culture and heritage.

Aspiring and undiscovered jazz musicians are invited and encouraged to participate, and the public is invited to attend in support, free of charge.

The Jazzathon event is a jam session and platform for jazz musicians of any age and helps give them a chance at a career in jazz music.

This Jazzathon event will open a door for these musicians to not only have a stage and opportunity to perform in front of an audience, but also to get exposure and be noticed by music industry influencers, from producers to record label executives, concert promoters, professional musicians and the media.

The prospective jazz musicians would need to register their participation by emailing [email protected] and completing a registration form by Thursday, April 26.

On the day, Menlyn Park will also honour the late great musician Hugh Masekela by presenting three Menlyn tribute plaques - which were signed by members of the public at the mall in the aftermath of his death - to the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation and his family in tribute to Masekela’s legacy.

The Star