As the world is set to celebrate International Jazz Day in line with the UNESCO International Jazz Day celebration, Satchmo’s Jazzfest ’15 comes to Lagos, Nigeria from 30 April to May 3, 2015.
This was announced by Dolapo Ajayi, the founder and Festival Director, mandated by UNESCO to hold the event in Nigeria. He made the announcement during a press briefing at the Events Hall of Goethe Institute in Lagos.
At the press briefing, Jazz historian Emeka Keazor and Benson Idonije gave a lecture titled “70 Years of Jazz in Nigeria.”
The lecture was aimed at giving an intellectual dimension to the Jazz Festival. The session traced the history of jazz in Nigeria from the 1920s to date, illustrating its various landmarks with pictures and images.
Nigeria will be joining the world to celebrate Jazz as a force for peace, cultural exchange, and cooperation.
One of the festival’s major participants, saxophonist Bobby Ricketts who flew into Lagos from Americaon Wednesday, was introduced during the press session as one of the current frontline players of the instrument on the scene, having been greatly influenced by Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon, two highly innovative veterans of the saxophone. Ricketts assured those present at the briefing that his session would be exciting and exhilarating.
Other Jazz stars yet to arrive are: South African guitarist, singer, composer and multiple – award winner, Jonathan Butler; New York based South African singing sensation, Somi – with international and local support line-up from Tunde Jegede and Nomadic Mystics; HKB FiNN Trio; Cleveland Watkiss; Trio Ivoire; Kasse Mady & ACM Ensemble with Nigerian support acts such as Yemi Sax and Kwitee & the Hot Seven on the bill.
Apart from Jazz performances, Jazz- related films such as Blue Note, Last Song before the War and Play Your Own Thingwill be screenedat the event. Awards will also be presented to Nigerians who have made outstanding contributions to jazz.
Satchmo’s Jazzfest ’15, scheduled to run from 30 April to May 3, will be taking place at several venues around Lagos. The venues are Oceanview Marquee, Oriental Hotel, German Consulate-General, AERA GQ Queen’s Drive, Ikoyi.
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