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In 2014 Latvia for the first time held UNESCO International Jazz Day. There were 17 concerts, live broadcasts, jam sessions, movie evening, jazz student concerts and international workshop events.

142 musicians have taken part in the project, the event was attended by many hundreds of people, there were news, broadcasts and publications done by printed and internet press, radio and TV.

The day could not possibly happen without openness, love to jazz genre and a wish to give out parts of their hearts – all of that thanks to musicians and event venues, friends and supporters, people who helped the organizers’ team implement small but important tasks. We did the celebration for our small but beautiful jazz family all by ourselves, and that has made the first Jazz Day in history so close to us.

We have once more ascertained that our jazz community has an especially wide potential that has to be encouraged, fostered and shown — to ourselves and to the whole world around. Thank you, everyone who helped, and special thanks to every single friend who believed we can do it.

The idea of organising Jazz Day in Latvia is a very bright idea, because we should consider that there exists such an international day with a goal to bring attention to this genre in the whole world.

It’s positive that this day was attended by many people who do not listen to jazz every day, and they got to listen to a wide spectrum of Latvian musicians.

Everyone who considers himself a part of jazz family should celebrate this day altogether – the idea should be led on!

— Inga Berzina

I am happy that there are people who have done such a great job to organize the Jazz Day in the country.

Being musicians, we are more than happy to see that our concerts were attended.

— Karlis Vanags

We can see that jazz Latvia has been growing and developing and jazz events bring the sense of collegiality and good atmosphere.

It’s positive that many people took part and celebrated the day, it was a reason to found many new projects.

I can praise the organisers’ initiative to aim on the local musicians, who nowadays lack qualitative management.

— Indrikis Veitners

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