Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs arrived in Almaty
Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Famous American band Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs will perform at the 10th international jazz festival in Almaty, organizers said at a press-conference on April 13. The band playing a combination of jazz, rap, raggae and hip-hop will perform on April 14 in the Schoolchildren’s Palace. The musicians will also play several songs in Acoustics program on Tengri FM radio. Tengri FM broadcasts at 107.5 FM in Almaty and 104.5 FM in Astana. Trombonist and vocalist Shamarr Allen is the leader of Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs band that is very popular in New Orleans, the band's home city. The musicians played for the US president Barack Obama and toured the US with the national idol Willie Nelson. “Shamarr Allen branded the last virtuoso-trumpet of New Orleans is now considered to be 'one of the brightest diamonds presented by the Crescent City in the past years'”, Jazz.kz website reads. The anniversary jazz festival started in Almaty on April 14. It is held in the Schoolchildren’s Palace (crossing of Dostyk and Satpayev streets) and will last for 4 days. Bands from France, Germany, Austria and Turkey will take part in the festival along with Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs. Kazakhstan will be represented by 4 bands: Almaty Jazz Band, Night Jazz, No Time and XO group (Khomenkov/Ossipov).