Grammy Award Winning Acts Confirmed For Safaricom Jazz Fest

19 July of 2018 by

Safaricom Jazz Lounge is scheduled for 18th to 20th October 2018 and it seems it will be a riveting show with Grammy-winning Jazz performers up on stage.

Critically acclaimed American Jazz Performers Dianne Reeves and Marcus Miller will be on the 2018 / 2019 Season of Safaricom Jazz – Nairobi is in for a treat.

This will be their first visit to Kenya to perform at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge, which is one of the series of events that lead up to the annual Safaricom International Jazz Festival that takes place in February.

Reeves, the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world, received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category, featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated “Good Night, and Good Luck”, she won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for the film’s soundtrack.

We are honored to be yet again hosting one of the most influential jazz musicians in the world for the concert in October. As we promised when we launched Safaricom Jazz in 2014, we will keep bringing world-class talent for Kenyan jazz fans,” said Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom.

After the Lounge, two-time Grammy award winner Marcus Miller will headline the Safaricom International Jazz Festival scheduled for 11th – 17th February 2019. At the top of his game for over 30 years, Miller is the winner of the 2013 Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz (Holland), winner of the 2010 Victoire du Jazz (France) and in 2013, was appointed a UNESCO Artist For Peace.

His characteristic bass sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of musical hits from Bill Wither’s “Just the Two of Us”, to Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much”, to songs from Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Elton John and Bryan Ferry.

Proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to the Ghetto classics music programme, which has been the Safaricom Jazz beneficiary since 2014 and has so far received an estimated KES 60 million, funds that have benefitted over 1,400 children from Nairobi and Mombasa. Proceeds from the 2018/2019 Edition will see the Ghetto Classics Schools programme extend to Kisumu.


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