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All That Kampala Jazz

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum and '90s R&B diva Karyn White at the 2015 Jazz Safari (OBSERVER PHOTO)

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum and ’90s R&B diva Karyn White at the 2015 Jazz Safari (OBSERVER PHOTO)

Jazz appreciation in Uganda straddles two audience divides; the purists and pretenders. The former are the kind that can tell Miles Davis from Earl Klugh while the latter are the kind that will tag along to a jazz event for the snob value that brings. The purists are most likely the lot that grew up with playing LPs as a family ritual complete with removing a giant black disc from its sleeve, delicately placing it on a circular revolving platform and placing a needle onto it to elicit the crackle of Davis’ trumpet. The pretenders are mostly the come-latelys for whom any saxophonist is by default a jazz artiste even when that musician is simply a fine instrumentalist. Their regular jazz fix is the measly hour-long weekly radio show installment where the purist would binge on at least a jazz CD a day.

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