International #JazzDay 2018 Letter from Herbie Hancock

What happens when someone sends you a letter on behalf of a UN organization.

Welcome back one and all.

It isn’t often that a living music legend and recipient of a Grammy Award for Album of the Year (2008, River: The Joni Letters) sends a letter to you, so understand that when I received the following, I could not have been happier.

Yes, it is a form letter, and ask me if I care; just being acknowledged is humbling, as I would have done the event regardless. 

Never in a million years would I have ever dreamt that I would be doing something with an agency of the United Nations (UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to better the world in some small way, so my involvement personally gives me joy on a scale I can’t describe.

I used to believe that only the famous (Audrey Hepburn, Angelina Jolie), people with a great deal of political influence (Jimmy Carter) or the rich (Bill and Melinda Gates) got to be involved in amazing programs like this, correct? 

Aretha Franklin performs with UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock during the 2016 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo: Steve Mundinger

For those who wish to revisit my International Jazz Day 2018 program, please visit the special mini-site I created for it at It features the music of Miles Davis during his “Electric” period from 1969-1975, and contains free print and audio downloads.

You can view the PDF of the letter at the link here. Please also visit the International Jazz Day site here. I cannot wait to start planning the 2019 program.

Love to you all.

Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
Ace of Spades PDX

P.S. This is my first blog post utilizing a beta version of Gutenberg, a new WordPress plug-in that will launch with WordPress 5 very soon. Will give updates on this over the next couple of weeks.

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