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Jazz Around the World 2 – 9 April – Sri Lanka

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, 9 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to the island of Sri Lanka. We are very lucky to be able to catch up with one of the music industry’s most sought-after bassists, Hussain Jiffry. Jiffry actually began singing at the age of 10 in school choirs, then took up the accordion a couple of years later. He also learned to play keyboards and guitar. But it wasn’t until he heard the instrument played at a wedding that he became intrigued with the bass. He gigged around Sri Lanka until an opportunity to travel to Europe came up.

Jiffry eventually made it to the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he received the Vocational Honors Diploma, the school’s highest award. Word quickly got out about Jiffry, which has led to long-time associations with Sérgio Mendes, and Herb Alpert. The list of people with whom he’s worked is extensive and includes Chaka Khan, Justo Almario, David Foster, Yanni, Whitney Houston, Tom Scott, Tito Puente, Russell Ferrante, Joe Williams, and many, many more. Jiffry holds the distinction of being the first Sri Lankan ever to win a GRAMMY®, awarded for his work on the Herb Alpert/Lani Hall tune “Steppin’ Out”.

Please welcome to the stage, Mr. Hussain Jiffry:

With the 25th Street Band – “Jazzira”

With Herb Alpert and Lani Hall – Live at Joe’s Pub – “Pararaio”

With the Kirk Covington Tiro – Live at La Ve’ Lee – (No title provided)

With Yanni – Live at Mandalay Bay Hotel – “Keys to Imagination”

With the Rique Pantoja Quintet – East L.A. College Jazz Series – “Coisa a Tôa”

Sri LankaThank you for joining us here in Sri Lanka. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our next flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Pakistan.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.