Art Alert: All That Jazz with Yehya Khalil in Alexandria Opera House

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Feb 2021

Under the title of 'Pure Jazz', the quartet will introduce covers of known jazz standards

Yehia Khalil
Yehia Khalil

Egyptian jazz musician Yehya Khalil and All That Jazz will merge in a concert titled ‘Jazz Asly’ or Pure Jazz  on Friday at the Alexandria Opera House.

One of the pioneers of the jazz movement in Egypt, Khalil on drums, will share the stage with renowned musicians Andrea Sagon (double bass), Ali Omar Farouk (guitar), and Tarek Raouf (trumpet).

“I’m looking forward to seeing you in a concert that you’ve requested for too long,” stated Khalil through social media, urging his Alexandrian fans to attend.

The concert will be different from Khalil’s typical performances that capitalise on oriental jazz; instead, his quartet will introduce pure American jazz standards like Black Orpheus, St. Thomas, My Favorite Things, and many other memorised tunes.

Multi-awarded Khalil, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Opera, played with many well-known international musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker, Jeff Bush, and Eric Clapton, before returning to Egypt.

With a tendency towards less gathering, public events are being held with strict safety measures in place, while indications report that the second wave of the virus is fading in the 110-million-strong country.

Friday 5 February at 8pm
Sayed Darwish Theater, Alexandria Opera House

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