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Int. Jazz Day concerts come to +233, Goethe-Institut

BY: Kouame Koulibaly
Int. Jazz day concerts in Accra
Ghanaian bassist, Bright Osei will play at Goethe-Institut concert

EVERY country around the world will shine the spotlight on Jazz on International Jazz Day (IJD) on Saturday, April 30 to demonstrate the beauty of the music and fans in Ghana will have the chance to experience some thrilling stuff at the Goethe-Institut and the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill, both in Accra.

IJD will come early for patrons at Goethe-Institut. It will be a jazzy evening on Friday, April 29, 2022 at the Goethe-Institut at 7 pm while the +233 Jazz Bar and Grill treat patrons on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 9pm.

April 30 was declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2011 to raise awareness about Jazz and its unique role as a force for uniting people all over the world. Concerts have been held in Ghana since 2012 to celebrate IJD.

Acclaimed Ghanaian bassist, Bright Osei will team up with saxophonist Anthony ‘Khalisax’ Ansah, drummer David Miyilor and keyboardist Nicholas Mettle for the concert at Goethe-Institut.

They will showcase standard Jazz effectively blended with African Vibes for a distinctive interpretation of the genre.

Osei has in the past played with a broad range of acts including Kojo Antwi, Gyedu Blay Ambolley and the GH Jazz Collective. He has toured and held workshops in Europe.

Khalisax has also worked with prominent names including Richard Bona.

Miyilor sings as well. He has toured in Africa and Asia and has recorded material under his name.

Mettle is a versatile keyboardist who also performs with the Breeze, Soul Nice and North Star bands.

The +233 concert will have the GH Jazz Collective in session with American trumpeter, composer and band leader, Marquis Hill, as guest.

He is an exciting Jazz player who also incorporates styles like HipHop, R&B and Neo-Soul into his approach.

Players from elsewhere that GH Jazz Collective had featured at previous IJD celebrations include singer Pilani Bubu (South Africa), saxophonist Godwin Louis and guitarist Colter Harper (United States), trumpeter Nicholas Genest (France) and bassist Manu Falla (Benin).