Saxophonist Lisa Lindsay plays Blue Bossa

Lisa Lindsay is an alto saxophonist and historian living in Chapel Hill. She began playing jazz in her native Louisiana, but her musical influences also stem from travels and study in the Caribbean and Africa. She has played merengue in the Dominican Republic, cumbia with a US-based Columbian band, highlife in Ghana, afrobeat in Nigeria, and South African jazz in Cape Town.

The highlight of Lisa’s musical life so far was joining Fela Kuti and his band onstage at his Shrine when she was living in Lagos in the 1990s. Before that, she studied jazz improvisation at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Now a professor of African history, she teaches at the University of North Carolina.

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