Quarantine Concert Series_#154: Obasi Akoto's Oceanic Jazz Orchestra

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409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Obasi Akoto's Oceanic Jazz Orchestra

Obasi Akoto bass and Director
Anna-Lisa Kirby, vocals
Todd Marcus, clarinets
Chris Barrick, vibes
Byung Kang, drums
Tim Green, alto sax
Grant Langford, sax
John Lee, guitar

Obasi Akoto presents the Oceanic Jazz Orchestra Chamber Group, featuring the music he originally composed and orchestrated for his 2017 full-length orchestral release entitled “All Over The Map” This chamber group remix marks the start of a new take on his compositions. The album has been described as “impassioned and transformative” and has cemented him as a prolific composer and orchestrator: 

“All Over the Map introduces the fresh and adventurous sound of Obasi Akoto's Oceanic Jazz Orchestra (OJO).  Led by composer and jazz bassist Steve Kirby, OJO is a hybrid jazz-classical ensemble, with instruments like bassoon, oboe, pedal steel, and classical violin folded in alongside vibes, trumpet, saxophone, flute, and vocals. The compositions are equally far-ranging in their rhythmic and structural qualities, borrowing from jazz, folk, rock, hip hop, baroque, French impressionist, electronic, and tango.

Relatively new to the DMV music scene, Obasi Akoto is well known for his work with Elvin Jones Jazz Machine and Baltimore’s own, Cyrus Chestnut. Veteran bassist Obasi Akoto has had a long and distinguished career performing and recording with some of the most important jazz musicians in the world: Wynton Marsalis, Kathleen Battle, Abbey Lincoln, Regina Carter, James Carter, Warren Wolf, Stefon Harris, Terreon Gully, Jimmy Greene, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Geoff Keezer, Miguel Zenon, Joanne Brackeen, Steve Turre, Jacky Terrasson, Joe Lovano, Eddie Henderson, Benny Green, Slide Hampton, Lester Bowie, Antoine Roney, Eric Lewis, and Winard Harper.

Obasi has appeared on many recordings as a sideman and two others as a leader and composer: Wicked Grin and Stepchild, featuring the University of Manitoba Jazz Faculty Ensemble. After 15 years at the helm of the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies program, Obasi Akoto is now retired and living in Baltimore, happy to be devoting himself to his career as a full-time performer, composer and recording artist.

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