All that jazz in Lagos

Posted: June 7, 2012 in art/entertainment

Jazz music enthusiasts are about to go wild in the city of Lagos as no less than two major events hit the stages at various points of the commercial and entertainment capital of the country in what portends to be unprecedented in the entertainment calendar of the city.

It has not always been like this for jazz, a music genre threatened by disinterest among music and thrill seekers of late. But in what appears to be a rebound in resilience, jazz music is set to dominate the scene from next week up until July, next month.

This is because, two events in Lagos will attempt to outstrip and out-muscle even the recently held Oleku Concert in terms of crowd and personality pull and appeal; and going by the pedigree of artistes lined out, the boast should not be taken lightly.

Between next Sunday, July 10 and July 7 at the Agip Recital Hall of the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos as well as the prestigious Expo Centre, Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, respectively, jazz music faithful can expect to get the best of entertainment as some of the music genre’s biggest exponents storm these venues.

Aptly tagged: “Sax Ensemble” with Imoleayo Balogun, who himself is jazz saxophone instrumentalist, this concert comes up on Sunday, June 10, at the Agip Recital Hall with special appearances by El-Jazz, Mike Aremu and Baba YS (One of the oldest Nigeria Saxophone players with over four decades of experience.

According to the organizers, it has been a norm for every band to have a combination of trumpet, saxophones and trombones in their horns section and now it’s just the time for the listeners to listen and enjoy the fullness, touchful, soulful and unique ordinary saxophone sound, playing the melodies and riffs.

The Sax Ensemble is made up 8 saxophonists (Soprano, Altos, Tenors and Baritone Saxes), Rhythm Session (2 Guitars, Piano, Drum Kit and Conga) and 2 back-up Singers. The group will be performing mostly self and well re-arranged tunes with a blend of Jazz, Blues, Hip-hop, Highlife and African Traditional music.

Imoleayo Balogun who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, began his musical career in the early 90s. He is an entertainer, educator and a renowned saxophonist and has performed at various jazz festivals in and out of the country.

Balogun has recorded and performed with notable music producers, artistes, groups and big bands which includes; Cobhams Asuquo,Don Jazzy,Yinka Davids,5yz men, Nerak Roth Patterson, Eljazz, Dbanj, Roy Olokungboye, Ayetoro, Biodun Batik, Steve Rhodes Orchestra and many others.

He is a music graduate and has passed several musical exams ranges from local to the international level. He is the Director and Chief instructor “Saxophone Music Academy” where music theory, saxophone, clarinet and flute playing jazz improvisational techniques is being taught.

He is also a lecturer at the MUSON Diploma Department and currently working on a book titled; Saxophone Artistry.

Following closely to the Sax Ensemble is the Sax Appeal 4 concert scheduled for July 7 at the prestigious Expo Centre, Eko Hotel, Lagos which equally promises performances by the likes of Mike Aremu, Brymo, Waje, and many others.

This particular concert comes on the heels of the successful and earlier Mike Aremu’s Sax Appeal 1, 2, & 3 jazz concert series, which has featured in the past performances by leading Nigerian and foreign artists like the Grammy award winning American, adult contemporary and smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G.

The Sax Appeal Concert, a concept of Ace saxophonist Mike Aremu -Obafere is geared towards the rebirth and promotion of live musical performances in Nigeria.

To feature at the event include: British jazz urban contemporary saxophonist and two-time MOBO (Music Of Black origin) Award winner Yolanda Brown, Nigerian South Africa based guitarist, Kunle Ayo and South African Jazz and Afro Pop singer Judith Sephuma.

Others for the July show include: Yinka Davis, Cobhams Asuquo, Tosin Martins, Waje amd Bez.

Sax Appeal is a concept that aims to raise the standards of musical excellence by constantly bringing to its numerous fans, quality and exceptional world class musical performances within an entertainment friendly environment.

The event will have in concert Nigerian-born multi-award winning all-brother band Four Kornerz (United Kingdom), United States-based Nigerian guitarist and producer Agboola Shadare and the sensational Ara crooner Brymo.

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