What comes to your mind when you hear the music genre known as Jazz? Jazz music is defined as a genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans in the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Jazz, in the recent past, has become a popular genre in Kenya thanks to the annual Safaricom International Jazz Festival. The festival brings on stage some of the finest jazz artists that often leave the audience wowed and fully entertained.
Jazz music lovers are in for a treat beginning 18th of this month as an American jazz performer Dianne Reeves is expected to be the headline of this year’s Safaricom Jazz Lounge.
Even as Dianne Reeves prepares to come to Kenya and entertain the audience, most people seem to know little about this golden star.
Who is Dianne Reeves?
Dianne Reeves became the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival’s Showcase Artist where she went ahead to perform in various contexts throughout the festival’s 61st installment.
Among the other headliners were Charles Lloyd, Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, and Jon Batiste. She was also honored during the Festival’s Jazz Legends Gala on September 20th this year. The event was co-hosted by Christian McBride and Terri Lyne Carrington—with a special performance featuring the Christian McBride Trio with Benny Green and Gregory Hutchinson.
Dianne is the first woman to receive the Jazz Legends Award. (Previous recipients are Dave Brubeck, Gerald Wilson, George Wein, Jack DeJohnette, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Chick Corea, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Terence Blanchard.)
In the next 8 days, Reeves will be in Kenya and will perform for the first time at Uhuru Gardens, Lang’ata.
Regular tickets are going for 2,000 shillings with students paying 500 shillings. On 20th, the jazz queen will be at Hells Gate National Park in Naivasha. A corporate table of 10 is going for 150,000 shillings. Individuals are paying 10,000 shillings.