Their shared creation of International Jazz Day in 2012 leads to 195 countries last year enjoying jazz celebrations.
William “Doc” Jones has initiated an effort to unite the State of Arizona around International Jazz Day to expand the learning and appreciation of this American Art Form that is exported all around the world. These recent developments have been a true labor of love leading to the annual Arizona International Jazz Day Festival held in April. From that endeavor, three other cities, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Mesa have joined the effort.
Alfredo J. Molina of Molina’s Fine Jewelers is the Chairman of the Board of the Scottsdale Jazz Festival, which will feature its city’s first Jazz Day AZ celebration in 2021. Thanks to the efforts of Doc Jones, who serves as Executive Director of the International Jazz Day AZ Foundation, Arizona has become the first state in the country to get legislation passed. The bill is HCR 20127 and it declares each April will be Jazz Appreciation Month and April 30th is officially International Jazz Day AZ.
Through consistent efforts, Doc Jones is now working with state legislators to pass another bill further designating April 30th a State Holiday. For the past four years, the second Wednesday in April has become Jazz At Lunch Time Day at the State Capitol.
According to Jones, the April 28th 2021 Jazz at Lunch Time, will feature a tribute to American Indians and Jazz Musicians who were military veterans. Russell “Big Chief “Moore, John Coltrane, Clark Terry, and Glenn Miller are a partial list of these honorees.
The Kick off of Jazz Appreciation Month will take place noon on April 3th at the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center on the fountain stage with performances by The Nayo Jones Experience, Mario Abney both from New Orleans and the God Father of Latin Jazz Poncho Sanchez. This is in partnership with the Title Sponsors Molina Fine Jeweler, International Jazz Day AZ Foundation, the City of Scottsdale, Phoenix Global Chamber and Scottsdale Center for the Arts.
Recently Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has agreed to produce a Public Service Announcement to honor the month of April being devoted to Jazz in the state. This has huge implications for showing the seriousness of this genre for executives of other states to follow suit. To date, a total of eight Arizona mayors have recognized International Jazz Day using methods such as writing and issuing proclamations.
The International Jazz Day AZ Foundation has the goal of this being a statewide effort in the future with every city and town participating. In the meantime, the month of April will be used to promote tourism for lovers of the Jazz and Blues genres from around the world invited to visit the state during Jazz Appreciation Month. Arizona is leading the way to make the month of April a very eventful time for jazz enthusiasts to visit the Sonoran Desert. People are encouraged to kick back and relax while experiencing jazz, blues, and Latin performances and festivals. This presents a bright forecast to educate all age groups about jazz by exposing them to artists who perform their jazz music selections. Sharing his love for this genre Doc Jones hopes to spread the knowledge of this art form not only throughout Arizona but also around the nation and world.