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Jazz Democracy at the United Nations (trailer)

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Dimitri Vassilakis presented the concept of Jazz Democracy at the United Nations, Trusteeship Chamber Hall in 2018. With an outstanding line up of international jazz musicians, personalities from the arts, science, and politics. The global event focused on how jazz and democracy are a music integration curriculum linking music and humanities. It coincided with International Jazz Day celebrations supported by UNESCO and April jazz appreciation month by the Smithsonian Institute. Video credits: Event coordinator: Dionyssios Kalamvrezos, Deputy Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations. Event moderator: James Demetro, Director of Hellenic Film Society USA. Jazz Democracy International Ensemble: David Liebman (soprano saxophone), Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums), Sylvia Cuenca (drums), Essiet Okon Essiet (bass), Benito Gonzales (keyboards), Craig Bailey (alto sax), Dimitri Vassilakis (tenor and soprano saxes), Nestor Vassilakis (tenor sax). All music by Dimitri Vassilakis AEPI/OPI. “Blue Approach” by Nestor Vassilakis AEPI/OPI. Isadora Duncan Dancers: Rosemary Cooper, Celeste Royo-Schottland, Ruth Rose Rae, Elena Michailou. Original choreography by Jeanne Bresciani. Video edit: Dimitris Tzikas at DOTMOV.

Dimitris Vassilakis

An important figure in the Greek jazz scene and an internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Dimitri Vassilakis has crossed the line into the free jazz arena, offering swirling free-form improvisations and outpouring spiritual emotion.  The great tenor and soprano sax player is also a vocalist, composer, and educator with four award-winning albums via the legendary jazz label Candid Records, President of Jazz Democracy NPO, as well as founder and Director of Rhodes & South Aegean International Jazz Festival.

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Jazz Democracy https://jazz-democracy.com/
RJIF https://rhodes-international-jazz-festival.com/

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