3rd Edition of Meet and Jazz; Ft Jacob Asiyo and Friends

Music is one of those experiences that will never let you down and an afternoon concert, brings a whole new meaning to life.

The 3rd Meet and Jazz Concert is around the corner- Sunday 14th April at Leisure Gardens, Mamba Village. Its an afternoon of nothing but good vibes (food, music and drinks and great company). Jacob Asiyo and Kaima, of Capital Jazz Club will be the star acts of the day and they promise to make you want to love Jazz all day, all week and more. The best part, entry is FREE.

The main act of the afternoon is a man that needs no introduction.  He describes himself as, “Attic bound misanthropic iconoclast. Sui Generis. Burdened, mannered ambassador of identity, in futile pursuit of my own invisible shadow. Revels in Simplexity.”

Jacob Asiyo began playing piano at the tender age of 11 after hearing a piano being played in the music room at his elementary school. An intense determination that has its roots in this childhood recollection has led to Jacob becoming not only a very competent musician but an extremely passionate one as well.

Photo courtesy of Capital FM

His first professional gig was in 1997 when he joined a band called Pili Pili led Billy Saro Harrison of Them Mushrooms playing three times a week at the Serena Hotel.

By 1998, he had his own daily gig playing the piano at the Stanley Hotel every lunchtime. A few years later, he landed a gig at the InterContinental, which saw him play here for almost 16 years.

“I have learnt that this {jazz} is a job like any other,” he says. You have to take care of the business side of things; have a PIN number, prepare invoice for your payment to be processed,” he says in an interview with Business Daily.

Photo courtesy of Safaricom Jazz

Today, Jacob is multi-faceted musician, a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and arranger in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He has been at the fore-front of exposing the Kenyan market to the tradition of jazz with his vast repertoire of Jazz Standards. Comfortable as a soloist, his compositions are a merger of Kenyan melodies & rhythms with complex chordal & rhythmic jazz arrangements. As part of a traditional jazz trio of piano, bass & drums, Jacob performs Kaima and friends.

Photo courtesy of Capital FM

His wife, Kavutha his greatest supporter, in an interview recently, had this to say, “He’s a fantastic musician. He pushes me to be a better musician and I do the same for him,” she says. “I always jokingly tell him that he’s a better piano player than I am but that I’m a better singer than he is,” she adds smiling.”

Come dressed in your Sunday best this Sunday for ! Giving you smooth jazz vibes will be the Capital Jazz Club’s Jacob Asiyo and Kaima Mwiti and Friends.

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