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SAFARICOM TO HOST JAZZ IN THE PARK CONCERT

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This year’s Safaricom Jazz lounge will feature an additional show at the Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha on Mashujaa Day on October 20.

This will be in addition to the Nairobi show which will be taking place two days earlier at Uhuru Gardens. Globally acclaimed American Jazz Performer Dianne Reeves will headline both shows. The Naivasha show will also feature an upcoming Kenyan band, AdHoc. At Uhuru Gardens, Reeves will be backed by Italy’s Double Cut Band and Kenyan guitarist Kato Change.

For the Naivasha concert, Safaricom has partnered with Enashipai Resort to give fans a chance to attend the concert at affordable rates. Jazz fans can book their reservations on the resort’s website.

This will be Reeves’ first performance at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge, which is one of a 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.

After the Lounge, two-time Grammy award winner Marcus Miller will headline the Safaricom International Jazz Festival scheduled for February 11-17 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.

With his distinctive style – a unique combination of funk, groove, soul and pure technical skills – Miller has been referred to as one of the most significant bass players in jazz, R &B, fusion and soul.

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