Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Jazz Giants Jet Into Kenya For Safaricom Jazz Lounge

Grammy Award winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Albright, as well as multiple Grammy Award Nominee Gerald Albright and upcoming star Sheléa have arrived in the country ahead of their performances at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge this Thursday.

The four, who arrived in Nairobi on Sunday evening and Monday morning together with their band, will perform at the series of concerts that will be held on 3rd and 5th December in Nairobi and Mombasa respectively.

“We are glad to have with us not one, but four, highly respected performers who will entertain music lovers this week when they take the stage at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge,” said Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore.

“We are also delighted to be showing our support for local jazz talent by having two of Kenya’s fastest rising jazz bands opening for the international acts.”

Edward Parseen and the Different Faces Band, and AfroSync will curtain raise for the international stars at the two concerts.

“We are very excited to be performing in Nairobi and are ready to deliver a memorable performance for our fans,” said Kirk Whalum. “We know that Kenyan jazz lovers have high expectations and we plan to deliver by performing some of our biggest hits including A Gospel According to Jazz, as we usher in the holiday season and celebrate both Kenyan and international jazz.”

To kick off their trip in Kenya the quartet will tour Ghetto Classics in Korogocho where they will interact with the members of the music programme, which seeks to provide music education to youth from underprivileged backgrounds.

Ghetto Classics is supported by Safaricom, which donates all proceeds from the Safaricom International Jazz Festival – which includes the Safaricom Jazz Lounge – to the programme.

Tickets to the Safaricom Jazz Lounge went on sale on Friday 20th November, and are retailing at Ksh.1,500 for advance tickets, Ksh.2,000 at the gate and Ksh.500 for students.

They are available from select Safaricom outlets (Sarit Centre, Thika Road Mall, Galleria Mall, Junction Mall, BuruBuru, Village Market, I&M and Nakumatt Mega in Nairobi, and Nyali and Rex Shop in Mombasa).