By Jeoffrey Mukubi
IT’S not every day that one gets to hear live jazz music in the capital, besides at the annual Windhoek Jazz Festival, but last Thursday was different, when the Jazz Notables performed at The Loft.
This venue was definitely the best setting for an event of this kind, as the band played on the veranda, overlooking the city and its bright lights.
The show started with only lead guitarist and vocalist Jan-Willem Beuke and Tayo Kasinda, the bassist, playing sweet slow jazz sounds, before percussionist Tapz Munya joined them about 15 minutes into their first set.
Jazz is music for the mind and soul, so the performance served to create a very comfortable and cosy occasion for those that attended.
With every song, it felt like one was time travelling to the late 1990s, and sitting in a jazz club in New Orleans, which is widely seen as the global home of the genre.
The soothing melodies were very satisfying to the ear. Food and drink was readily available at affordable prices, making it the perfect setting to wine and dine, while listening to classical jazz sounds.
It was an awesome surprise to experience how Tapz blended the African djembe with jazz melodies so brilliantly.
As time passed, the crowd became more enthusiastic and clapped louder at the end of every song.
Jan-Willem’s lead guitar solos were on point, but when Tayo played a solo on his five-string bass guitar, it literally changed my life, there and then.
After a short break, it was back to the jazz tunes, and this time they funked it up for a while, before playing soft jazz blues that had people bopping their heads to the beat.
It was hard to tell whether the songs were original, because Jan-Willem didn’t introduce any of them, but that evidently did not deter the people in attendance from enjoying every single offering.
As the night drew to a close, I could safely say that I had an amazing experience, attending the Jazz Notables session. To attend was one of the best decisions, I had made that day.
The next time they perform, I will be in the front row!
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