International Jazz Day

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue new postage stamps and a souvenir card to celebrate International Jazz Day on 30 April 2014. The stamps, featuring three mini-sheets of twelve stamps were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations).

Jazz is a unique American musical art form that originated at the beginning of the 20th century. Itis rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe. For over a century, Jazz has united people of different cultures, religions and nationalities. It serves as a universal language and highlights the musical genre's role as a powerful communication tool for peace, dialogue and cooperation.

In 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed 30 April as "International Jazz Day". Each year, this international day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about the art of jazz, its roots, its future and its impact.

International Jazz Day events, which are organized by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, highlight the historic influence that the genre has had in connecting people and igniting social change. The Global Host City for 2014 is Osaka, Japan. Concerts, conferences and discussions about jazz and its principles will be ongoing throughout the day across the globe as well as in local communities.

Mr. Baradat, the artist of the stamp series had the following to say about the designs:

"This was a wonderful project to work on. I approached it as a multi-faceted piece of art where each stamp is a collage onto itself, in tandem with the other pieces to create one large composition. I was inspired by the abstraction that is Jazz; I wanted to give the designs atmosphere and a sense of sound through colour. Along the way, I listened to old favourites: Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington and a host of others from the 1920's through 1950's."