By Steven Odeke
Jazz lovers now only await the arrival of American R&B singer Keith Sweat ahead of the Nile Gold Jazz safari show this Friday at Serena Kampala Hotel after 10 jazz musicians jetted in the country Wednesday night.
Keith Sweat will arrive in the country for the first time on Friday morning and will perform most of his hits with his own band but, lime in past editions of the Jazz safari, there will be separate jazz performances, and these are the guys who arrived on Wednesday.
They include Tom Braxton on Saxophone, Michael ‘Patches’ Stewart on trumpet, John Blackwell on drums and Charlie Singleton on guitar and keyboard.
They will be joined by vocalist Tony Momrelle, guitarist-cum-vocalist Paul Pesco, bassist Gary Grainger and percussionist Greg Spero who are all in the country.
At the press conference held on Wednesday morning at the Serena Hotel, the 10 players flanked by Jazz Safari founder Tshaka Mayanja, oozed confidence as they promised to deliver a powerful performance on Friday.
“It is an honour to be in Uganda and already I see there is passion for music in this country. We shall perform to our best on Friday,” said Tom Braxton, one of the lead musicians.
Braxton said he has played the saxophone for over 40 years and has garnered enough experience to play different horns at concerts. For this show, he has on him three saxophones (alto, soprano and tenor) plus a flute. “I will blow those four horns on the night, you just wait,” said the Endless Highway singer.
Greg Spero, perhaps the younger player of all at 27, will play alongside Blackwell on keys being one of the most revered in jazz fusion, instrumental hip-hop and electronic scene.
The musicians will tonight join other Ugandan great jazz players to perform at a Jam Session at Jazzville, Bugolobi.
Friday’s concert, in conjunction with Rotary clubs of Uganda, will specifically support the family of Maureen Mugoya towards the establishment of The Maureen Mugoya Breast Cancer Ward at Rotary Cancer Centre, Nsambya Hospital.