Jazzed up diplomacy
Jazz lovers in the diplomatic corps were in for a real Festive Season treat, courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover and international contemporary music producers, Serious, who offered connoisseurs VIP tickets to Jazz Voice, the opening Gala of the London Jazz Festival.
Diplomats heard from Dame Ann Grant, former British High Commissioner to South Africa, who chairs the Serious Trust, a charity supporting emerging talent from all over the world and introduces new audiences to music.
The programme was just that – a crowd-pleaser accommodating jazz purists and new audiences alike, including soulful jazz from Kandace Springs (reminiscent of Billie Holiday) and jazz-rap by the outstanding Queen Leshurr. Contemporary jazz powerhouse trio LaSharVu ended the programme with a soaring rendition of Purple Rain, in tribute to the artist Prince who died earlier this year.
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