This past Sunday, Nairobi jazz enthusiasts were treated to a show stopping performance by legendary jazz band Incognito. Despite heavy traffic, the audience were not going to miss this event held at the Bomas of Kenya. The event was opened by Christine Kamau the ”Jazzist”, a lady better known for her amazing gift on the trumpet, a rare piece for ladies in jazz. She performed some jazzy tunes from her recently launched album Conversations and This is for you.
Following her on stage was Kato Change,a charismatic guitarist, his beaming stage presence getting the ladies all dreamy-eyed. At just 22 years of age, this young musician and his band gave a brilliant performance for an upcoming local act. He performed with vocalist Lisa Noah and Jazz Odongo.
And for the star act of the night, Incognito band headed by “Bluey” (Jean Paul Maunick) performed for two hours to guests who were on their feet from start to finish. The band arrived on Saturday courtesy of Nairobi’s Premium beer producer Sierra. Lead vocalist Imani opened to a rousing welcome with I can see the future off their No Time Like the Future album, among other hit songs from their various albums. The band entertained the audience leaving them all but begging for more. The band members included Imani, Mo Brandis, Tony Morello on the vocals, Matt Cooper on Keyboards, Francis Hylton on the bass guitar, Trevor Mires on the trombone, Joao Caetano on the drums.
The event was described by the Capital Jazz club as the best Jazz event put up in years. For those that missed the event, here are some few photos that captured the exciting and memorable night.