Legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and lauded Australian trumpeter James Morrison are leading a huge lineup celebrating International Jazz Day at Melbourne's Hamer Hall today.
The All Star Global Concert, which is also totally free via balloted tickets, also features musical direction from American great John Beasley and boasts a diverse array of performers from over a dozen countries, including Cieavash Arian (Iran), William Barton (Australia), Brian Blade (USA), A Bu (China), Igor Butman (Russian Federation), Theo Croker (USA), Joey DeFrancesco (USA), Eli Degibri (Israel), Kurt Elling (USA), James Genus (USA), Paul Grabowsky (Australia), Antonio Hart (USA), Matthew Jodrell (Australia), Aditya Kalyanpur (India), James Muller (Australia), Eijiro Nakagawa (Japan), Mark Nightingale (United Kingdom), Jeff Parker (USA), Chico Pinheiro (Brazil), Tineke Postma (Netherlands), Antonio Sánchez (Mexico), Somi (USA), and Tarek Yamani (Lebanon).
The concert, which is a UNESCO-recognised event due to "its role in encouraging dialogue, combatting discrimination and promoting human dignity," will also be live streamed around the world for jazz enthusiasts to lap up, and will also be screened at Melbourne's Federation Square.
If you want to try your luck with tickets, you can enter the ballot here. Keep in mind that this is a semi-formal, seated event, and if you manage to snag a ticket, you'll have to be at Hamer Hall by 7.20pm for a 7.30pm start.
For more details and to enter the ballot, head to the Melbourne Arts Centre website.