This year’s Safaricom Jazz Festival starts with a bang! The three time Grammy Award winning Branford Marsalis will be gracing our stage with a stellar performance come 21st February 2016.
Branford Marsalis has been around the world performing with great artists of all time including rock star Sting and British singer Phil Collins alongside his band Branford Marsalis Quartet. The quartet has had the opportunity to top iTunes chats in 2012 as the best Instrumental Jazz Album.
Joining him for an afternoon of exceptional performance is Belgian Jazz and Classical music pianist and composer Jef Neve, Italian duo Giampaolo Nuti and Francesco D’Orazio, Maya Beltsitzman and Matan Ephrat
From Israel, Shabaka Hutchings from the UK and Siya Makuzeni from South Africa, will join Marsalis on stage for a performance that is set to satisfy even the most critical of Jazz music enthusiasts.
Two Kenyan bands – AfroSync Band and Edward Parseen and the Different Faces Band – will get a chance to share the stage with the internationally acclaimed artists. The two bands were selected after a challenging round of auditions that took place last year, which saw them perform alongside Grammy winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, as well as multiple Grammy nominee Gerald Albright and rising star Sheléa at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge in Nairobi and Mombasa in December.
Look out for more information on the event from Safaricom Facebook page, Twitter handle and Safaricom International Jazz Festival Website