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NJW Presents Sory Diabate

March 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Please join us Friday, March 17 for a very special performance by African balafon master Sory Diabate. He’ll be joined by an all-star band consisting of Jeff Coffin, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Chester Thompson, David Rodgers, David Williford, and Matt Wigton.

Sory Diabate has travelled and performed internationally with musical legends, Grammy winners, and musicians from many cultures of music from around the globe. His music is virtuosic, rooted, soulful, and most decidedly African.

2009-2011 Ballet Wantarnara (Paris), Walami (Italy/France), Bolokan (Brussels/Belgium), Taxi Mandingue

1999-2009 Balafon solist for Circus Baobab

2000-2003 Balafonist with the Momo Wendel Orchestra

1996-1999 Junior Balafonist for National Dance Theatre of Guinea

1994-1996 Balafonist for Les Merveilles de Guinee

Individual touring in the United States,  Canada, Morocco, Reunion Islan, New Caledonia, Eastern & Western Europe, West Africa.

Worldwide tours through Guinea Conakry, West Africa (Mali, Benin, Burkina), Morocco, Israel, China, Mexico, and Latin America.

From 1989-1995, Sory studied Balafon, Djembe, Krin, and other native Guinean percussion instruments with his father, Circus Baobab, and Momo Wendel Soumah.

Sory is one of the most amazing musicians I have had the opportunity, and honor, to play with. He’s what we call a special cat! His spirit, passion, and love of making music positively affects everyone in the room and I hope the whole world can experience his brilliance! – Jeff Coffin / Saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band, 3x Grammy winner, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, The Mu’tet)

There will be two sets, beginning at 8pm. Tickets will be $35 for adults / $20 high school and college students with ID. They will be available for advance purchase on Monday, March 6 at 10AM. Tickets may be purchased online on this page, by phone 24/7 at Brown Paper Tickets (800-838-3006), or during daytime business hours at 615-242-5299.

Policies: The Jazz Cave is a BYOB establishment, with no alcohol or food service. You are free to bring alcoholic beverages and snacks. We sell soft drinks and bottled water. The Jazz Cave is a listening room, and we ask patrons to keep conversation to a minimum and silence cell phones. Audio and video recording is prohibited.


March 17, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Nashville Jazz Workshop
1319 Adams Street
Nashville, TN 37208 United States
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