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20.06.2011 General News

Catch Dela Jackson at Table Bay Jazz Bar

By Kouame Koulibaly - Daily Graphic
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He can be mellow on the saxophone but Dela Jackson also likes to show how robust he can get sometimes when the mood grabs him and he closes his eyes to whip out warm sounds from his horn.

The versatile Jackson plays on Wednesday and Saturday nights in the Table Bay Jazz Bar at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge in Accra where he leads his often black-shirted quartet through a repertoire of assorted jazz feels.

With two albums -From Dusk to Dawn and Silver Praise- under his belt, Jackson is an experienced horn man having played in the past with bands such as Akofena, Dutch Benglos, Powerful Mercury, Osagyefo and Marriots International.

He had a stint in Cote d’Ivoire from 1989 to 1991 where he performed regularly with a combo in several nightclubs and hotels. On his return, he formed the Zz Band which performed regularly at the erstwhile Bassline Jazz Club. He was later with the Fabeja group before joining the Zamar Band of the International Central Gospel Church.

Jackson has featured on albums for many artistes including Pozo Hayes, Rocky Dawuni and Gyedu Blay Ambolley.

The Table Bay Jazz Bar at the Alisa Hotel was recently re-launched with the bands of Jackson and singer Toni Manieson in action.

Dela combined his playing with ocassional vocals but it was obvious that band functions best on the instrumental trail.

A respectable round of applause welcomed Toni Manieson who said she was glad to be back at the Alisa Hotel after a stint there sometime ago. Originally from California, Toni has been living in Ghana for the past 14 years or so and is well-known on the local jazz circuit.

With trombonist Elimewode as guest player, Toni was in a very good mood on the night. She did some standard pieces and a version of Bob Marley’s Waiting In Vain which went down very well with the guests. She’s at the venue on Friday nights.

The re-launch event was a convenient moment to sample what the Table Bay Jazz Bar has to offer discerning clients and the MC announced that the bar also offers karaoke and tasty grills. The Managing Director of Alisa Hotels, Hennie Cartson, asked guests to come back and patronise the bar regularly.

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