In 2015, Satchmo’s Live Events created a kaleidoscope of color and music by bringing over a
galaxy of stars to celebrate and take part in the 3rd UNESCO International Jazz Day event which
we hosted at Eko Hotel. These artists included Jonathan Butler, Cleveland Watkiss and our own
We were also given the prestigious honor of ringing the closing gong at the Nigerian
Stock Exchange as the NSE recognized UNESCO International Jazz Day at our behest.
The following year, we went on to invite Messrs Norman Brown (Grammy Award Winner,2003)
and Rick Braun (Best Smooth Jazz Artist, 2015) to be part of the Satchmo’s 4 th UNESCO IJD
These outstanding musicians exhibited their magical skills at the Lagos Oriental
Hotel to our excited audiences. We were also invited by Governor Ambode of Lagos State to
visit the State House as the Lagos State Government also agreed to officially recognize
International Jazz Day.
For 2017, we experimented with the smaller and more intimate Jazz Café format as an
alternative. The event was completely sold out and it successfully made the point that sometimes
small can be beautiful. Both shows (7 to 9 pm, 9.30 to 11.30 pm) were fully sold out.
Our mission statement is to encourage and promote live jazz and other music through the
production of festivals, events, and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.
The Satchmo’s Live Events Company will provide at all relevant times leadership in ensuring the
development of jazz music and culture as part of the fabric of the culture of Lagos State and its
Our Core Values
•Cultural and Social Consciousness • Education • Service • Accountability and General
This will be a star-studded celebration that flags-off our activities for the year. It is a fund-raiser
for the Satchmo’s Lagos Foundation to promote the activities of the Thelonius Monk Institute Of
Jazz in Nigeria. This event is positioned to become one of the most prestigious, influential and
attractive events in West Africa. It will grow in importance as a landmark event that will become
a major showcase for the music, food and art that define West Africa’s unique culture.
This year in partnership with the finest caterers and chefs, the gala patrons will enjoy a delicious
meals prepared by some of the finest chefs in Lagos. The sponsors of the Gala will receive a
wealth of benefits, including complimentary tickets to the event itself, public recognition of their
support and the pride of having supported a key initiative for expanding jazz education in
Nigeria as proceeds from the gala will support the many year-round programs and activities
planned for the Satchmo’s Lagos Foundation Programs
Satchmo’s Lagos Music Support
We intend to collaborate with qualified institutions towards providing free, weekly after-school
instruction to teenagers from all over Lagos State. From the start, the guiding policies will be to
provide young musicians a solid foundation in the basics of music performance and theory, so
that as they develop they can find their own voice.
The teachers will consist of the city’s most
respected jazz performers. Furthermore, the SMES will provide professional performance
opportunities for the students through appearances at the Jazz Fest, and on other occasions and
The August Agboola Browne Lecture Series
Named for the late jazz musician and recording artist, August Agboola Browne, this lecture
series will offer the regular opportunity for an engaged audience to hear about new developments
in field of jazz and beyond.
Last year, the Ist edition of the lecture “70 years of Nigerian Jazz” was delivered by the
musician, historian, and jurist, Mr Emeka Keazor, and chaired by Mr Benson Idonije.