American Jazz Ensemble Plays in Lagos and Abuja

Abuja – American jazz ensemble, Camille Thurman & The Darrell Green Trio, will visit Lagos and Abuja this week for a series of performances and workshops with local artists.

The four person group features vocalist, saxophone player, and Fulbright alumna Camille Thurman. Together with Darrell Green (drummer), Saadi Zain (bassist), and David Bryant (pianist), the group is touring Mozambique, Cameroon, Senegal, and Mauritania in addition to Nigeria.

In Lagos, the group will perform at the Bay Lounge Jazz Club on January 23.  They are also scheduled to perform at the Goethe Institute, and conduct a master class for students at the Muson Center on January 24.   In Abuja, they are scheduled to perform at the Transcorp Hilton on January 25 and conduct a workshop with local artists on the 26th.

While abroad, the ensemble conducts public concerts, collaborative performances with local musicians, workshops, and jam sessions with diverse students and audiences. These exchanges help promote mutual understanding and provide overseas audiences the chance to directly interact with American artists.

In the United States, the ensemble introduces hundreds of children to jazz each year through the Lincoln Center’s “Jazz For Young People” performance program in New York City. They have performed and toured throughout the world, and are passionate about sharing jazz and its roots in African American culture.

Camille Thurman & The Darrell Green Trio is visiting Nigeria courtesy of the American Music Abroad program (AMA) and U.S. Mission Nigeria.  AMA brings a wide variety of American musical genres to international audiences.  The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has partnered with American Voices to engage with people around the globe through AMA. American Voices is a nonprofit organization that has been conducting cross-cultural engagement in over 110 nations worldwide since 1993.