International Jazz Day - HAPCO Wine & Dine for the Arts

Celebrating International Jazz Day

Through International Jazz Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz work to showcase the power of jazz as a force for peace, dialogue and mutual understanding. The UNESCO General Conference established April 30 as International Jazz Day in 2011. Herbie Hancock is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.

We are honored to be a part of this event, when jazz lovers in 195 countries present clinics, festivals, classes and more to share the spirit of jazz with the world. In 2020, we’ll be celebrating on April 25, a few days early, at our Wine & Dine for the Arts in Oakland, Florida.

It’s our primary annual fundraiser, when the HAPCO family of supporters celebrates the impacts of our programs on local young people. It’s an evening of fine wines and the best cuisine of land and sea, presented by Chef Anthony Fothergill, and jazz entertainment by HAPCO students and alumni.

We’ll enjoy great jazz music from the Orlando Youth Jazz Orchestra Chamber Ensembles and the Andrew Kennedy Quartet. Vocalist Lenard Rutledge will perform with both groups.

Proceeds benefit HAPCO’s programs that build the futures of community students through music and arts education. Our programs that give young people real-world experience and mentoring from professionals they can relate to include:

  • Jazz Master Programs at Ocoee High School, Evans High School and Carver Middle School
  • Live Arts programing at the Town of Oakland Arts & Heritage Center
  • Culinary Arts for Seniors at Wellcare HMO
  • Echoes Throughout Time music program at the Winter Garden Boys & Girls Club
  • HAPCO LIVE connecting some of our best musicians with community venues and civic events for public performance

Click here for more information on our programs.


Wine & Dine for the Arts
Saturday | April 25, 2020
5-8:30 pm

$50 through March 31
$75 after March 31

Oakland Town Center
221 N Arrington St
Oakland, Florida
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Click Here to read the letter of partnership from UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.