USIA - KENNEDY CENTER JAZZ AMBASSADORS TOUR OVERSEAS




October 16-21    Zimbabwe
WITH FRESH VIGOR AND SPUNK, THE VIRTUOSIC JAZZ DUO ENTHRALLED AUDIENCES IN JAM SESSIONS AND SOLO PERFORMANCES WITH A BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY OF LYRICISM, PASSION AND IMPROVISATIONAL ELOQUENCE LACED WITH HARMONIC SOPHISTICATION AND FUNKY RHYTHMS. THEIR VARIED REPERTOIRE IGNITED A JAZZ RENAISSANCE IN ZIMBABWE THAT WILL LAST A LONG TIME. AN AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE TO A CAPACITY AUDIENCE AT THE BOOK CAFE IN HARARE KICKED OFF THE DUO'S TOUR. A WORKSHOP CONDUCTED BY ANGELA AND JOE IN BULAWAYO REVEALED AMERICAN CLASSIC JAZZ TO MORE THAN 30, INCLUDING JAZZ ARTISTS, WHO BRAVED THE CHILLY WEATHER TO ATTEND. PARTICIPANTS, INCLUDING ZIMBABWE'S LEADING TRUMPETER PAUL LUNGA, FOUND THE WORKSHOP PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY ENCOURAGING AND ENLIGHTENING. THE TOUR CLIMAXED IN BULAWAYO WITH A PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AT THE BULAWAYO SUN HOTEL, JOINED ONSTAGE WITH WELL-KNOWN GROUP JAZZ IMPACTO, LED BY PAUL LUNGA. LIVELY AUDIENCES THRONGED SHOW VENUES, RESPONDING ENTHUSIASTICALLY.

Angela Hagenbach

(Washington, D.C.)


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