American trio, Braun-Whalum-Brown (BWB) are set to headline the 5th edition of Safaricom Jazz Festival on Feb 25th 2018 at the Kasarani training grounds. For Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, this will be their second visit to Kenya, having headlined the Safaricom Jazz Lounge alongside Shelea Frazer on 3rd and 5th December 2015 in Nairobi and Mombasa respectively. For Rick Braun, however, this will be his first visit to Kenya and his maiden performance at Safaricom Jazz.
Norman Brown has had a successful career as a guitarist, having picked the skill when he was 8 years old. His 2003 album, ‘Just Chilling’ won him a Grammy Award for the best contemporary instrumental album. Tenor saxophonist, Kirk Whalum is well known for his series ‘A Gospel According to Jazz’. He has collaborated with superstars like Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston on the track, ‘Will always love you’. In addition to being an eleven time GRammy Award nominee, Whalum has worked on a number of film scores including, The Prince of Tides, Boyz n the Hood, The Bodyguard, Grand Canyon and Cousins. He won his first Grammy for Best Gospel Song with ‘It’s what I do’. Trumpeter and vocalist Rick Braun has had a stellar 20 year career touring and alongside Rod Stewart, War, Sade, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, and Tom Petty.
As a trio, they first collaborated in 2002 when they recorded their first album ‘Groovin’. Their second album, ‘Human Nature’ was recorded in 2013. This album brought them their first number one hit, ‘Shake Your Body- Down to the Ground’.
Tickets go on sale from February 2nd.
- Kshs 10,000 per person and Kshs 150,000 per corporate table for the VIP show to be held on Friday 23rd February 2018.
- Kshs 2,000 and Kshs 500 for regular and student tickets respectively for the main show.
Tickets can be bought from select Safaricom shops, the Micheal Joseph Center or via via m-Ticketing by dialing 1511.