A celebration of our nation’s jazz

Between 29 June and 8 July, some of South Africa and the world’s top young and established jazz musicians take to Grahamstown for the Standard Bank Jazz Festival.

Neo Muyanga is the 2017 National Arts Festival Featured Artist, performing in various musical styles across this year’s festival. Born in Soweto, he studied the Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro, Piero Poclen, in Trieste, Italy and in the mid-1990s cofounded the acoustic duo, Blk Sonshine, garnering a following throughout Southern Africa and internationally. His music is hybridised, playing along the boundaries of the crafted and the improvised, or as he explains, ‘sound as a median between thought and practice.’ A prolific composer, Muyanga writes plays, operas, chorus songs, chamber and large ensemble works and continues to tour widely both as a solo performer and in various band guises. His compositions might best be described as African songs with an edgy pop sensibility infused with a spirit of new choral music, infused with jazz freedom. The Neo Muyanga Trio, featuring Neo Muyanga (voice, guitar), Peter Ndlala (bass) and Andre Swartz (drums), will perform at the DSG Hall on Sunday 2 July at 12:00.

Grahamstown is renowned for its unique opportunities for musical collaboration, which this year includes Tumi Mogorosi and Gabi Motuba working with Swiss musicians, Feya Faku also with Swiss, Zoe Modiga with Germans and a host of other interesting opportunities. On top of that are two international superstar performances – Israeli/French pianist Yaron Herman with drummer Ziv Ravitz, and Brazilian bassist extraordinaire, 21-year-old Michael Pipoquinha with his trio – as well as heavyweight South Africans Judith Sephuma and Marcus Wyatt (with his Bombshelter Beast) and the hip young bands of The Kiffness (with Matthew Gold), The Soil, GoodLuck and Jimmy Nevis.

The Benjamin Jephta Sestet has been together since Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2017, Benjamin Jephta recorded his debut album Homecoming in 2014. Jephta has precocious talent, having performed since the age of 14 with various orchestras and small ensembles in Africa, Europe and Asia, and is a true veteran of Grahamstown, having attended the Jazz Festival since he was 15 and been selected for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band three times. His sound is clearly rooted in church and South African music and he hopes that, with every performance, a listener is given a musical biography of his life while also sending them on a journey of hope, upliftment and encouragement. Made up of musicians Benjamin Jephta (bass), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Kyle Shepherd (piano) and Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), the Sestet will perform on Tuesday 4 July at DSG Hall at 19:30.

Jephta will also present ‘Akoustik Elektrik’, featuring Sisonke Xonti (sax), Justin Bellairs (sax), Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Kyle Shepherd (piano), Bokani Dyer (piano), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), Eden Myrrh (voice) and Jitsvinger (MC). His second Young Artist performance fuses his love for jazz with hip-hop, electronic and rock music, reflecting the influence of popular culture on young people in the 21st century. ‘Akoustik Elektrik’ aims to blend or manipulate acoustic instruments with electronic synths to create a sound that cuts through hip-hop, electronic and jazz to form something fresh and new. As with all of his compositions, Jephta is constantly dealing with the concept of identity – as an artist or as a human being. Akoustik Elektrik will be #keepingitfresh on Friday 7 July at 21:30 at DSG Auditorium. On 5 July, Jephta will join Dutch guitarist/composer Anton Goudsmit; South African saxophonist living in Norway, Shannon Mowday; and Norwegian drummer Torstein Lofthus for Funk! at 19:00 at DSG Auditorium. Anton Goudsmit is one of the most impressive and diverse musicians on the Dutch music scene – a scene that is world-renowned for both its technical precision and its creativity.

In addition to her Funk! collaboration, highly skilled saxophonist Shannon Mowday will also perform on Tuesday 4 July at 22:00 at DSG Hall. The Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz in 2007 attended the very first SBNYJF in 1992 with her father, a woodwind teacher in Cape Town and she’s come a long way in the past 25 years! Skilled on multiple woodwind instruments, she has specialised in baritone, bass sax and bass clarinet but has also become a renowned composer and arranger with a focus on combining South African and Scandinavian music styles. She has performed all over the world in many ensembles and is presently a member of two top Scandinavian bands – Ensemble Denada and Nils Landgren’s All-Star Big Band. She shares the stage with musicians with whom she has collaborated in Africa and Europe, including Jeroen van Vliet (piano – NL), Shane Cooper (bass) and Torstein Lofthus (drums – NO).

The artist that has taken Alan Webster ‘17 years of pleading to get here’, James Morrison from Australia, will perform on 5 and 6 July with the James Morrison Quartet and with the James Morrison Quartet & Festival Big Band. James Morrison is undoubtedly the world’s greatest multi-instrumentalist, playing at virtuoso level on all the brass, piano, saxophones and double bass. He has been guest soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic, and performed with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Phil Collins, Ray Charles and Wynton Marsalis, headlining festivals such as the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and playing in the world’s great jazz clubs. Morrison composed and performed the opening for the Sydney Olympic Games, and in 2013 conducted the World’s Largest Orchestra of 7 224 musicians, setting a new Guinness World Record. He also established the James Morrison Academy of Music (partnered with The Juilliard), has a pilot’s license and hosted Top Gear Australia. The James Morrison Quartet consists of James Morrison (trumpet, trombone – AU), William Morrison (guitar – AU), Harry Morrison (bass – AU) and Patrick Danao (drums – AU), their performance will take place at DSG Hall on Wednesday 5 July at 19:30.

Not only is the Festival Big Band a collection of some of South Africa’s top jazz musicians (led by Fredrik Norén, leader of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra) but it is also a tribute to the impact of 25 years of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival – every South African member of the band (with three older exceptions) was a member at some stage of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band! The James Morrison Quartet & Festival Big Band is made up of James Morrison (trumpet – AU), William Morrison (guitar – AU), Harry Morrison (bass – AU), Patrick Danao (drums – AU) and Sax: Shannon Mowday, Justin Bellairs, Marc de Kock, Sisonke Xonti, Mike Rossi; Trumpet: Fredrik Norén (SE), Marcus Wyatt, Robin Fassie-Kock, Sakhile Simani, Marco Maritz; Trombone: Andreas Rotevatn (NO), Justin Sasman, Kelly Bell, Murray Buitendag; Piano: Bokani Dyer.This exciting performance takes place on 6 July at 19:30 at DSG Hall.

Performing on 30 June and twice on 1 July, Andy Narell has spent more than a quarter-century exploring the subtleties and complexities of steel-pan playing and grafting them to the jazz idiom. Narell introduced the steel drums to jazz as a solo instrument, playing not only Caribbean and Latin melodies but R&B, funk, and straight-ahead jazz. Never satisfied with the musical status quo, Narell continuously pushes the boundaries of musical innovation and performance. On 30 June and 1 July Narell, with Louis Mhlanga (guitar), Peter Sklair (bass), Vusi Khumalo (drums) and Tlale Makhene (percussion), presents a fascinating collaboration of steel pan fused with World Music and jazz. Both performances take place at DSG Hall at 22:00 and 12:00 respectively.

For his second performance on one July at the Standard Bank Jazz & Blues Café at 22:30, Narell explores jazz standards and African and Caribbean fusions with guest musicians.

You don’t get a more aristocratic South African jazz pedigree than the marriage – personal and musical – between the granddaughter of Miriam Makeba and the son of Themba Mkhize. And Zenzi Makeba Lee and Afrika Mkhize have carried the family musical torch further, with Zenzi a well-respected vocalist with a career forged in New York and Afrika the mercurial winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz in 2012 with a prolific record of performance, composition and production. The Standard Bank Jazz Café will be a very pleasant place to be for late Friday night jazz on 30 June at 22:30. Joining them is Michael Phillips on bass, Leagan Breda on drums and Lindelani Lee (percussion).

The last time Zenzi Makeba Lee performed in Grahamstown was with her grandmother. That performance decades ago has stuck in her mind as special: ‘There was,’ she says, ‘such a vibe in Grahamstown and an appreciation of Jazz as art.’ Born in New York, Makeba Lee grew up surrounded by music, singing as backing vocalist for her grandmother, Hugh Masekela and Dizzy Gillespie, and then studying at the Manhattan School of Music, majoring in composition and vocals. She received a KORA Award for ‘Most Promising Female Artist’ and as a prolific composer she has contributed towards several internationally awarded albums, such as her co-written songs for Miriam Makeba’s GRAMMY Award-nominated album Homeland. She continues to record and perform internationally and in March this year released her latest album, entitled Wipe Your Tears, to critical acclaim. Makeba Lee performs again with Afrika Mkhize (piano), Michael Phillips (bass), Leagan Breda (drums), Lindelani Lee (percussion) on 1 July at 17:00 at DSG Hall.

These incredible musicians are just a taste of what this year’s visitors can expect. For ten days, the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown (incorporating the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival) will present a programme of some of South Africa’s top jazz and jazz-inspired musicians alongside international colleagues from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, France, Israel, the US, Australia and Brazil. Visit http://www.standardbank.com/naf or www.youthjazz.co.za for more details.

1. Opposite the Other / Desmond & the Tutus

Desmond & the Tutus | Opposite the Other

Desmond & the Tutus have been scare-crowing across the world’s stages with their unique brand of kwela-indie-punk for over ten years. The Tutus have played headline slots at just about every notable South African music festival and local live music venue and their latest album won the SAMA for Best Rock Album in 2016. They have toured extensively internationally, with particular success in Japan. Their opening act – Opposite The Other – represents what this year’s Jazz Festival is specifically celebrating – the way in which young musicians have attended the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival and then forged careers in a variety of musical genres, creating an increasingly eclectic national musical identity. The band grew out of the relationships founded in the Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band, with three of the founding members playing in the national band. OTO is a viral internet sensation that is increasingly becoming a live performance phenomenon.

Desmond & the Tutus: Shane Durrant (vocals), Douglas Bower (guitar), Craig Durrant (drums)

Opposite The Other: Samuel Burger (voice), Dan Burger (bass), Robbie Spooner (drums)

Guy Butler Theatre, Monument | Thursday 29 June 19:00 | R120

2. The Kiffness & Matthew Gold

The Kiffness with Mathew Gold

They packed out the DSG Hall last year, so we invited them back this year with a guest – vocalist Matthew Gold. Cape Town duo The Kiffness has rapidly become one of South Africa’s favourite live electronic acts, producing jazzy, groovy house music and an exciting live show with a mix of uninhibited dancing, skilled live instrumentation and deep grooving house beats. Founder member Dave Scott first attended the Jazz Festival as a 13-year-old trumpeter and his musical partner this year, Raiven Hansmann, was in the Standard Bank National Schools’ Jazz Band in 2003 and 2004.

David Scott (production, keyboard, trumpet), Raiven Hansmann (saxophone, keyboard, synths), Matthew Gold (vocals)

DSG Hall | Friday 30 June 17:00 | R90

3. The Soil

The Soil

This prize-winning a cappella group – originally from Soweto – mixes a dazzling combination of musical styles including township jazz, hip hop, Afro-Soul and Afro-Pop, with soulful vocal lines, percussive beat boxing, and deep bass lines, transporting listeners through a variety of musical textures, inventive vocal arrangements and beautiful renditions of the melodic verses embedded in each song. The group has toured internationally, including performances at the Apollo Theatre in New York and in Edinburgh and their most recent album includes a guest appearance by the Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo – a fine acknowledgement of The Soil’s a cappella prowess.

Buhle Mda (voice), Ntsika Ngxanga (voice), Luphindo Ngxanga (voice)

Guy Butler Theatre, Monument | Friday 30 June 19:00 | R150

4. Judith Sephuma

Judith Sephuma

South African songstress Judith Sephuma returns to Grahamstown for what is guaranteed to be another sensational performance. As one of the best vocal talents South Africa has to offer, she is a revered household name, continuing to set musical trends and make waves across Europe and the rest of the African continent. Her latest album, One Word, presents a fresh new collection of tracks that speak from the heart. Her impressive SAMA and Metro FM accolades resonate with what we all know intuitively – Judith has firmly established herself as a South African musical powerhouse and vocal legend.

Judith Sephuma (voice), Devine Mitchel (guitar), Job Thako (piano), Tendai ‘ Shox’ Shoko (bass), Joey Williams (drums), Kuki Mncube (voice),  Thembinkosi Manqele (voice)

DSG Hall | Friday 30 June 19:30 | R130

5. Jimmy Nevis

Jimmy Nevis

Born and raised in Cape Town, Jimmy Nevis shot to fame at a young age as an alternative pop singer-songwriter and producer. Easily recognisable by his smooth vocals and catchy melodies in his unique mix of pop and RnB stylings, Nevis’ music is the kind that commands recognition. His debut album, Subliminal, brought the signing of an exclusive deal with top American record label Ultra Records for distribution in the USA. Since then he has been nominated for several top awards including ‘Record of the Year’ at the South African Music Awards, MTV African Awards and Wawela Awards. A collaborator by nature, Nevis has worked together with other South African groups such as MiCasa and Opposite The Other.

Jimmy Nevis (voice), Anzio Sauls (guitar), Revan October (bass), Ruben Crowie (drums)

Guy Butler Theatre, Monument | Friday 30 June 22:00 | R150

6. Andy Narell

Andy Narell

Andy Narell has spent more than a quarter-century exploring the subtleties and complexities of steel-pan playing and grafting them to the jazz idiom. Narell introduced the steel drums to jazz as a solo instrument, playing not only Caribbean and Latin melodies but R&B, funk, and straight-ahead jazz. Never satisfied with the musical status quo Narell continuously pushes the boundaries of musical innovation and performance. Here he presents a fascinating collaboration of steel pan fused with World Music and Jazz.

Andy Narell (steel pans – US), Louis Mhlanga (guitar), Pete Sklair (bass), Vusi Khumalo (drums), Tlale Makhene (percussion)

DSG Hall | Friday 30 June 22:00 | R130

7. Zenzi Makeba Lee & Afrika Mkhize

Afrika Mkhize & Zenzi Makeba Lee

You don’t get a more aristocratic South African jazz pedigree than the marriage – personal and musical – between the granddaughter of Miriam Makeba and the son of Themba Mkhize. And Zenzi Makeba Lee and Afrika Mkhize have carried the family musical torch further, with Zenzi a well-respected vocalist with a career forged in New York and Afrika the mercurial winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz in 2012 with a prolific record of performance, composition and production. The Standard Bank Jazz Café will be a very pleasant place to be for late Friday night jazz!

Zenzi Makeba Lee (voice), Afrika Mkhize (piano), Michael Phillips (bass), Leagan Breda (drums), Lindelani Lee (percussion)

SB Jazz & Blues Café | Friday 30 June 22:30 | R90

8. Andy Narell

Andy Narell

Andy Narell has spent more than a quarter-century exploring the subtleties and complexities of steel-pan playing and grafting them to the jazz idiom. Narell introduced the steel drums to jazz as a solo instrument, playing not only Caribbean and Latin melodies but R&B, funk, and straight-ahead jazz. Never satisfied with the musical status quo Narell continuously pushes the boundaries of musical innovation and performance. Here he presents a fascinating collaboration of steel pan fused with World Music and Jazz.

Andy Narell (steel pans – US), Louis Mhlanga (guitar), Pete Sklair (bass), Vusi Khumalo (drums), Tlale Makhene (percussion)

DSG Hall | Saturday 1 July 12:00 | R90

9. Zenzi Makeba Lee

Zenzi Makeba Lee & Miriam Makeba

The last time Zenzi Makeba Lee performed in Grahamstown was with her grandmother, the world famous “Mama Africa” – Miriam Makeba. That performance decades ago has stuck in her mind as special: “There was,” she says, “such a vibe in Grahamstown and an appreciation of Jazz as art”. Born in New York, young Zenzi grew up surrounded by music, singing as backing vocalist for her grandmother, Hugh Masekela and Dizzy Gillespie, and then studying at the Manhattan School of Music, majoring in composition and vocals. She received a KORA Award for “Most Promising Female Artist” and as a prolific composer she has contributed towards several internationally awarded albums, such as her co-written songs for Miriam Makeba’s Grammy Award-nominated album “Homeland”. She continues to record and perform internationally and in March this year released her latest album, entitled ‘Wipe Your Tears’, to critical acclaim.

Zenzi Makeba Lee (voice), Afrika Mkhize (piano), Michael Phillips (bass),  Leagan Breda (drums), Lindelani Lee (percussion)

DSG Hall | Saturday 1 July 17:00 | R90

10. Judith Sephuma

Judith Sephuma

South African songstress Judith Sephuma returns to Grahamstown for what is guaranteed to be another sensational performance. As one of the best vocal talents South Africa has to offer, she is a revered household name, continuing to set musical trends and make waves across Europe and the rest of the African continent. Her latest album, One Word, presents a fresh new collection of tracks that speak from the heart. Her impressive SAMA and Metro FM accolades resonate with what we all know intuitively – Judith has firmly established herself as a South African musical powerhouse and vocal legend.

Judith Sephuma (voice), Devine Mitchel (guitar), Job Thako (piano), Tendai ‘ Shox’ Shoko (bass), Joey Williams (drums), Kuki Mncube (voice),  Thembinkosi Manqele (voice)

DSG Hall | Saturday 1 July 19:30 | R130

11. The Soil

The Soil

This prize-winning a cappella group – originally from Soweto – mixes a dazzling combination of musical styles including township jazz, hip hop, Afro-Soul and Afro-Pop, with soulful vocal lines, percussive beat boxing, and deep bass lines, transporting listeners through a variety of musical textures, inventive vocal arrangements and beautiful renditions of the melodic verses embedded in each song. The group has toured internationally, including performances at the Apollo Theatre in New York and in Edinburgh and their most recent album includes a guest appearance by the Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo – a fine acknowledgement of The Soil’s a cappella prowess.

Buhle Mda (voice), Ntsika Ngxanga (voice), Luphindo Ngxanga (voice)

Guy Butler Theatre, Monument | Saturday 1 July 22:00 | R150

12. The Kiffness & Matthew Gold

The Kiffness

They packed out the DSG Hall last year, so we invited them back this year with a guest – vocalist Matthew Gold. Cape Town duo The Kiffness has rapidly become one of South Africa’s favourite live electronic acts, producing jazzy, groovy house music and an exciting live show with a mix of uninhibited dancing, skilled live instrumentation and deep grooving house beats. Founder member Dave Scott first attended the Jazz Festival as a 13-year-old trumpeter and his musical partner this year, Raiven Hansmann, was in the Standard Bank National Schools’ Jazz Band in 2003 and 2004.

David Scott (production, keyboard, trumpet), Raiven Hansmann (saxophone, keyboard, synths), Matthew Gold (vocals)

DSG Hall | Saturday 1 July 22:00 | R90

13. Afro-Caribbean Vibes

Sit back and relax to collaborations between musicians performing at this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival. The Café has a chilled vibe to go along with the great food and drink, and is the place where musicians go to meet and jam. Jazz in the Café tonight is hosted by one of the world’s leading jazz steel pan players, Andy Narell, who explores jazz standards and African and Caribbean fusions with guest musicians.

SB Jazz & Blues Café | Saturday 1 July 22:30 | R90

14. Neo Muyanga Trio

Neo Muyanga is the 2017 National Arts Festival Featured Artist, performing in various musical styles across this year’s festival. Born in Soweto, he studied the Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro, Piero Poclen, in Trieste, Italy and in the mid 1990’s co-founded the acoustic duo, Blk Sonshine, garnering a following throughout Southern Africa and internationally. His music is hybridised, playing along the boundaries of the crafted and the improvised, or as he explains, “sound as a median between thought and practice”. A prolific composer, Muyanga writes plays, operas, chorus songs, chamber and large ensemble works and continues to tour widely both as a solo performer and in various band guises. His compositions might best be described as African songs with an edgy pop sensibility infused with a spirit of new choral music, infused with jazz freedom.

Neo Muyanga (voice, guitar), Peter Ndlala (bass), Andre Swartz (drums)

DSG Hall | Sunday 2 July 12:00 | R90

15. Estafest (NL)

Estafest

Estafest consists of four of the most impressive – and possibly most eccentric – improvisers on the Dutch music scene, three of whom have won the leading Dutch jazz music award, the VPRO Boy Edgar Prize. As individual musicians they are constantly creating highly original music in diverse national and international projects and in Estafest it all collides: four fantastic players challenging each other in an improvised musical dialogue. Estafest’s vibrant energy has appealed to audiences worldwide, and includes musicians who are well known in South Africa from their other collaborations.

Mete Erker (sax – NL), Jeroen van Vliet (piano – NL), Anton Goudsmit (guitar – NL), Oene van Geel (viola – NL)

DSG Hall | Sunday 2 July 17:00 | R90

16. Guy Buttery Trio

Guy Buttery Trio

Renowned guitarist Guy Buttery, bass extraordinaire Shane Cooper and multi-instrumental percussionist Ronan Skillen team up for a unique collaboration. Guy Buttery enjoys invitations from all over the globe and the USA, UK, Australia, France, Brazil, and Italy have all welcomed him back year after year. Shane Cooper’s debut album, Oscillations, won the 2014 SAMA for Best Jazz Album of the year the year after he received the highly prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Ronan Skillen has featured in musical genres across the board, from classical, rock and folk to electro, jazz, world music and hip-hop and can be regularly heard performing on recordings and film scores in South Africa, Switzerland, Holland, Lithuania, Kenya, Madagascar, the UK and India. The musical chemistry and energy these three artists produce together is nothing short of electrifying.

Guy Buttery (guitar), Shane Cooper (bass), Ronan Skillen (percussion)

DSG Hall | Sunday 2 July 19:30 | R90

17. Africa Plus

Africa Plus

Africa Plus is an eclectic, genre-crossing band whose repertoire includes innovative original music as well as creative renditions of covers by some of Africa’s greatest pioneers of jazz. The band includes two past members of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, displaying a combination of virtuosity as well as easily-accessible melodies. Though young, each band member has become a well-established and sort-after musician, producing, recording and performing with the ‘who’s who’ of the SA music scene as well as international acts.

Prince Bulo (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), Lungelo Ngcobo (keyboard)

SB Jazz & Blues Café | Sunday 2 July 22:30 | R90

18. Zoë Modiga presents “Yellow: the Novel”

Zoe Modiga

Zoë Modiga has only just turned 23, but the power and precision of her voice have already generated a long list of achievements, from multiple selections for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band to winning the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition to reaching the Top 8 of The Voice SA, Season 1. Equally comfortable in House, Indie, Pop and Jazz, she’s the full performance package, with a commanding stage presence and convincing vocal execution that leaves no doubt that she is one of South Africa’s rarest vocal talents, destined for stardom. She is joined by a list of the top young jazz musicians in the country, all of whom are also alumni of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band.

Zoë Modiga (voice), Bokani Dyer (piano), Robin Fassie-Kock (trumpet), Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Marlon Witbooi (drums)

DSG Hall | Monday 3 July 17:00 | R90

19. Estafest (NL)

Estafest

Estafest consists of four of the most impressive – and possibly most eccentric – improvisers on the Dutch music scene, three of whom have won the leading Dutch jazz music award, the VPRO Boy Edgar Prize. As individual musicians they are constantly creating highly original music in diverse national and international projects and in Estafest it all collides: four fantastic players challenging each other in an improvised musical dialogue. Estafest’s vibrant energy has appealed to audiences worldwide, and includes musicians who are well known in South Africa from their other collaborations.

Mete Erker (sax – NL), Jeroen van Vliet (piano – NL), Anton Goudsmit (guitar – NL), Oene van Geel (viola – NL)

DSG Hall Monday 3 July 19:30 | R90

20. Africa Plus

Africa Plus

Africa Plus is an eclectic, genre-crossing band whose repertoire includes innovative original music as well as creative renditions of covers by some of Africa’s greatest pioneers of jazz. The band includes two past members of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, displaying a combination of virtuosity as well as easily-accessible melodies. Though young, each band member has become a well-established and sort-after musician, producing, recording and performing with the ‘who’s who’ of the SA music scene as well as international acts.

Prince Bulo (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), Lungelo Ngcobo (keyboard)

SB Jazz & Blues Café  | Monday 3 July 22:30 | R90

21. Tumi Mogorosi: Sanctum Sanctorium (SA/CH)

Tumi Mogorosi

Sanctum Sanctorium is the pairing of SAMA Award nominee Tumi Mogorosi and Gabi Motuba, who team up on this occasion with renowned Swiss jazz pianist Malcolm Braff to produce a fusion of jazz and classical music. Added to the meditative sound are the Swiss cellist Daniel Pezzotti and German bassist Sebastian Schuster, creating a multinational collaboration that moves beyond the racialized spaces we so often inhabit – a form of musical decolonisation. This fascinating musical dialogue between musicians who share common spiritual convictions includes compositions Motuba penned as personal messages to her new-born daughter, creating an intensely intimate and relatable musical experience.

Tumi Mogorosi (drums), Gabi Motuba (voice), Malcolm Braff (piano – CH), Daniel Pezzotti (cello – CH), Sebastian Schuster (bass – DE)

DSG Hall | Tuesday 4 July 17:00R90

22. Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz I – Benjamin Jephta Sestet

Benjamin Jephta

This band has been together since Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2017 Benjamin Jephta recorded his debut album ‘Homecoming’ in 2014. In fact, this ensemble is a prime reason for his receipt of this prestigious award – if a 22-year-old bassist can command such musical presence that some of the country’s leading jazz innovators are prepared to “play in his band”, there must be something special coming through. Jephta has precocious talent, having performed since the age of 14 with various orchestras and small ensembles in Africa, Europe and Asia, and is a true veteran of Grahamstown, having attended the Jazz Festival since he was 15 and been selected for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band three times. His sound is clearly rooted in church and South African music and he hopes that, with every performance, a listener is given a musical biography of his life while also sending them on a journey of hope, upliftment and encouragement.

Benjamin Jephta (bass), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Kyle Shepherd (piano), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums)

DSG Hall | Tuesday 4 July 19:30 | R90

23. Shannon Mowday

Shannon Mowday

Shannon Mowday, Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz in 2007, attended the very first SBNYJF in 1992 with her father, a woodwind teacher in Cape Town and she’s come a long way in the past 25 years! Highly skilled on all multiple woodwind instruments, she has specialised in baritone, bass sax and bass clarinet but has also become a renowned composer and arranger with a focus on combining South African and Scandinavian music styles. She has performed all around the world in many ensembles, and is presently a member of two top Scandinavian bands – Ensemble Denada and Nils Langren’s All-Star Big Band. Having strong female role models, she feels, is critical in encouraging young women to enter the jazz industry, which is why it is great to have her on stage tonight, sharing the stage with musicians with whom she has collaborated in Africa and Europe.

Shannon Mowday (sax), Jeroen van Vliet (piano – NL), Shane Cooper (bass), Torstein Lofthus (drums – NO)

DSG Hall | Tuesday 4 July 22:00 | R90

It will be a strong focus on groove and my focus on not using instruments in their expected or ‘traditional’ ways.I am also using African concepts in not so obvious forms and moving away from stylised boundaries and obvious meter.

24. Amanda Sedgwick (SA/SE)

Amanda Sedgwick

Swedish saxophonist Amanda Sedgwick has worked as a musician, composer and leader of her own groups in Sweden, Holland and the US for fifteen years with four records to her name featuring her own compositions. She has taught at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm and presently resides between Stockholm and New York. She leads her own quintet and can be heard with numerous Swedish small groups and big bands, with a preference for hard bop and since 2014 has worked with British singer Georgie Fame. She is joined by a potent young band of South Africans, all graduates of the SBNYJB and each with a burgeoning international career.

Amanda Sedgwick (sax – SE), Robin Fassie-Kock (trumpet), Bokani Dyer (piano), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Marlon Witbooi (drums)

SB Jazz & Blues Café  | Tuesday 4 July 22:30 | R90

25. Schools/Youth I

For over ten years, we have hosted the cream of Swedish youth jazz, with the winners of the Swedish Jazz Federation Youth Competition joining us in Grahamstown each year to interact with young South Africans. This year’s band – BAE Quintet – is excellent and represents the future of Swedish Jazz, having won the title at Stockholm’s world-renowned Club Fasching. Sharing the bill is the East Norway Youth Jazz Ensemble, a strong band of young Norwegian musicians under the leadership of South African saxophonist Shannon Mowday, now based in Norway, and trombonist and teacher Andreas Rotevatn.

DSG Auditorium | Wednesday 5 July 12:00 | R50

26. Yaron Herman & Ziv Ravitz (FR/IL/US)

Yaron Herman & Ziv Ravitz

Yaron Herman is a phenomenal pianist whose commitment is total, approaching music from a complex mathematical and philosophical context and embedding it in an emotional intensity that has established his international reputation as a pianist who works unsparingly at repelling his own limits. Regarded by many as one of the most spectacular instrumentalists in the world, he is based in Paris and performs around the world. He regards his musical alter ego, drummer Ziv Ravitz from New York (who has worked with the likes of Lee Konitz and Shai Maestro) as his “musical brother”. ‘Ziv and I have the same mindset. He’s a natural improviser, the only person I know in the world with such fast reactions! In some extremely strange way, we share the same sensations of time and structures.’ As capable of releasing furious energy as of demonstrating infinitely delicate sensibilities, this is a special duo!

Yaron Herman (piano – FR/IL), Ziv Ravitz (drums – US/IL)

DSG Hall | Wednesday 5 July 17:00 | R90

27. Funk!

FUNK!

Amsterdam’s guitarist/composer Anton Goudsmit is one of the most impressive and diverse musicians on the Dutch music scene – a scene that is world-renowned for both its technical precision and its creativity. He graduated summa cum laude in 1994 from the Amsterdam Conservatory and has subsequently won the highest Dutch awards for both jazz (Boy Edgar Prize) and pop (Devil Prize), playing with leading European musicians and guesting with bands such as The Bad Plus. He is also musical director of the Dutch Youth Jazz Orchestra. Tonight he collaborates with a South African saxophonist living in Norway who is skilled in all genres; one of Norway’s leading jazz and pop drummers; and this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist, who is himself well-versed in funk and pop.

Anton Goudsmit (guitar – NE), Shannon Mowday (sax), Benjamin Jephta (bass), Torstein Lofthus (drums – NO)

DSG Auditorium | Wednesday 5 July 19:00 | R90

28. James Morrison Quartet (AU)

James Morrison Quartet

James Morrison is undoubtedly the world’s greatest multi-instrumentalist, playing at virtuoso level on all the brass, piano, saxophones and double bass. He has been guest soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic, and performed with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Phil Collins, Ray Charles and Wynton Marsalis, headlining festivals such as the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and playing in the world’s great jazz clubs. James composed and performed the opening for the Sydney Olympic Games, and in 2013 conducted the World’s Largest Orchestra of 7,224 musicians, setting a new Guinness World Record. He also established the James Morrison Academy of Music (partnered with The Juilliard), has a pilot’s license and hosted Top Gear Australia.

James Morrison (trumpet, trombone – AU), William Morrison (guitar – AU), Harry Morrison (bass – AU), Patrick Danao (drums – AU)

DSG Hall | Wednesday 5 July 19:30 | R130

29. Dominic Egli’s PLURISM with Feya Faku presents MORE FUFU! (SA/CH)

Feya Faku trumpet and fluegelhorn, Donat Fisch, alto and tenor saxophone, Raffaele Bossard, upright bass, Dominic Egli, compositions, drums, percussion

Fufu Tryout is a colourful declaration of love to the African continent, its dishes and its dazzling music, with renowned trumpeter Feya Faku adding his echo of traditional African music to drummer Dominic Egli’s contemporary Swiss jazz rhythm section. The result is raw sensuality, explosive coolness and earthy playfulness, which create song-like melodies, complex and driving grooves and eruptive solos. Fufu – the shared staple food of many West African countries – hints at the shared musical experience of these profound musicians, described in the Swiss jazz magazine, Jazz ’n’ More as “dazzlingly beautiful, four musicians grooving, in perfect harmony with each other.”

Feya Faku (trumpet), Domenic Egli (drums – CH), Christoph Irniger (sax – CH), Raffaele Bossard (bass – CH)

DSG Auditorium | Wednesday 5 July 21:30 | R90

30. Seba Kaapstad (SA/DE)

Seba Kaapstad

‘Every audience,’ says German bassist and composer Sebastian Schuster, ‘knows immediately if a band is authentic or just tries to please them. The reaction of the audience is so important for our performance itself – we only can perform on our best level when we can feel that our music reaches them. So it’s a give and take and at the end of the day both musicians and audience should feel like they have had a very good conversation.’ His project – Seba Kaapstad – weaves together African and European musicians, producing an urban mix that is shaped by the multiple origins of the band members, combining R&B, Classical, Hip-Hop, Soul, African and Jazz, with space for every artist to bring their own musical expression to the mix.

Sebastian Schuster (bass – DE), Franziska Schuster (voice – DE), Zoë Modiga (voice), Ndumiso Manana (voice), Christoph Heckeler (piano – DE), Thomas Wörle (drums – DE)

DSG Hall | Wednesday 5 July 22:00 | R90

31. Amanda Tiffin & Deborah Tanguy (SA/FR)

Amanda Tiffin & Deborah Tanguy

Sit back and relax to collaborations between musicians performing at this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival. The Café has a chilled vibe to go along with the great food and drink, and is the place where musicians go to meet and jam. Jazz in the Café tonight is hosted by Deborah Tanguy (Head of Jazz Vocals at Bobigny Conservatory in Paris) and Amanda Tiffin (Head of Jazz Vocals at UCT). Both are leaders in the field of jazz singing and have collaborated a number of times over the past few years, both on stage and in the classroom. They are joined by two excellent guitarists in what will be a perfect way to end a busy festival day!

Amanda Tiffin (voice), Deborah Tanguy (voice – FR), Dave Ledbetter (guitar), Olivier Cahours (guitar – FR)

SB Jazz & Blues Café | Wednesday 5 July 22:30 | R90

32. Schools/Youth II

The high school Big Bands of Parel Vallei (Somerset West) and Alexander Road (Port Elizabeth) show the standard of playing produced by high schools around the country.

DSG Auditorium | Thursday 6 July 12:00 | R50

33. Yaron Herman & Kyle Shepherd (SA/FR-IL)

Kyle Shepherd

Two gifted pianists – both intent on challenging accepted pianistic styles and assumed musical progressions – team up for a unique and inspirational performance. Kyle Shepherd, Standard Bank Young Artist in 2014, is one of South Africa’s most progressive pianists, composers and bandleaders with a well-established record of international performances and he has already released six critically-acclaimed albums in his short career. He teams up with French-Israeli jazz pianist Yaron Herman to explore the musical space between cultures and musical styles. Herman only began piano lessons at the age of 16 but is regarded as a piano prodigy, winning international accolades such as ‘Revelation of the Year’, ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’. In this unique collaboration, Shepherd and Herman celebrate the sonic range of the piano and its modern electronic successors.

Yaron Herman (piano & effects – FR/IL), Kyle Shepherd (piano, keyboard)

DSG Hall | Thursday 6 July 17:00 | R90

34. Two by Two (SA/FR)

Amanda Tiffin & Deborah Tanguy

Two acclaimed voice-guitar duos from either side of the equator combine forces to present a fresh and unique musical collaboration. Deborah Tanguy (voice) and Olivier Cahours (guitar) from France join South Africans Amanda Tiffin (voice) and Dave Ledbetter (guitar, voice), playing a selection of jazz standards, South African classics, original compositions and songs from across the globe. Catch this double duo presenting their shared love for jazz and world music in a unique partnership that presents guitar and voice classics reworked and reimagined.

Amanda Tiffin (voice), Deborah Tanguy (voice – FR), Dave Ledbetter (guitar), Olivier Cahours (guitar – FR)

DSG Auditorium | Thursday 6 July 19:00 | R90

35. James Morrison Quartet (AU) & Festival Big Band

James Morrison

Australia’s greatest jazz ambassador entertains us a second time with his quartet, this time concluding his set with his speciality – Big Band Jazz. Not only is this Big Band a collection of some of South Africa’s top jazz musicians (led by Fredrik Noren, leader of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra) but it is also a tribute to the impact of 25 years of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival – every South African member of the band (with three older exceptions) was a member at some stage of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band!

James Morrison (trumpet – AU), William Morrison (guitar – AU), Harry Morrison (bass – AU), Patrick Danao (drums – AU)

+ Sax: Shannon Mowday, Justin Bellairs, Marc de Kock, Sisonke Xonti, Mike Rossi; Trumpet: Fredrik Noren (SE), Marcus Wyatt, Robin Kock, Sakhile Simani, Marco Maritz; Trombone: Andreas Rotevatn (NO), Justin Sasman, Kelly Bell, Murray Buitendag; Piano: Bokani Dyer

DSG Hall | Thursday 6 July 19:30 | R130

36. UCT Big Band

UCT Big Band

The University of Cape Town Big Band presents a Centenary Tribute to Jazz icon John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, conducted by Professor Mike Rossi. Many of Dizzy Gillespie’s well-known works will be performed, including premieres of Jazz @ Lincoln Center arrangement of New York, A Night in Tunisia, Oop Bop Sh’Bam, Things To Come and If You Can See Me Now.

DSG Auditorium | Thursday 6 July 21:30 | R50

37. Shane Cooper Collaboration (SA/CH/US-IL)

Shane Cooper | Photo by Aubrey Jonsson

Shane Cooper was selected on bass for the Standard Bank National Schools’ Band in 2003 and ten years later was the Standard Bank Young Artist, showing the speed and diversity of his musical progress. He joins fellow SBYA winner Bokani Dyer and two phenomenal foreign musicians in a unique collaboration, sharing their compositions and ideas in this once-off performance. Each of them is involved in highly innovative projects within the contemporary jazz idiom and they will be exploring song forms that allow for deep improvisational journeys, with a modern groove sensibility as the bedrock, while freely drawing from genres outside of traditional jazz.

Shane Cooper (bass), Christoph Irniger (sax – CH), Bokani Dyer (piano), Ziv Ravitz (drums – US/IL)

DSG Hall | Thursday 6 July 22:00 | R90

38. Keenan Ahrends

Keenan Ahrends

Keenan Ahrends played guitar in the Standard Bank National Schools’ Band in 2005, along with Sisonke Xonti and Romy Brauteseth, and he toured Sweden the following year with the SBNYJB, showing impressive flair and creativity, especially considering his youth. He spent time studying in Norway and has established himself in Cape Town as an exciting and insightful performer, composer and educator, booked for gigs around the country. He meets up with old friends tonight, playing his compositions.

Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums)

SB Jazz & Blues Café | Thursday 6 July 22:30 | R90

39. Schools/Youth III

Sharing the bill are two of the leading school jazz bands in the country – the Rondebosch Big Band (Cape Town) and Stirling Big Band (East London) – showing clearly that Big Band jazz is thriving in high schools around South Africa.

DSG Auditorium |Friday 7 July 12:00 | R50

40. Michael Pipoquinha featuring Malcolm Braff (BR/CH)

Michael Pipoquinha

Michael Pipoquinha first electrified the internet with his home-made bass videos in 2009, when he was only 13! His technical prowess and natural lyricism left older musicians gobsmacked and in the interleading years his abilities have been rapidly enhanced with impossible-sounding bass lines borrowed from bass and guitar, ferocious grooves and impressive melodic and harmonic knowledge, all threaded through with his eclectic Brazilian heritage. Despite being only 21, Pipoquinha is clearly poised to make his mark on the world and has wowed audiences in Europe and South America. “I want people to know that I’m ready and willing to play all over the world, and that my greatest joy is to play for people and move them with music”, he says. Welcome to South Africa, Michael Pipoquinha! On his first gig, he is joined by the extraordinary Swiss pianist Malcolm Braff, who was born in Brazil.

Michael Pipoquinha (bass – BR), Mestrinho (accordion – BR), Alex Buck (drums – BR) + Malcolm Braff (piano – CH)

DSG Hall | Friday 7 July 17:00 | R90

41. Dominic Egli’s PLURISM with Feya Faku presents MORE FUFU! (SA/CH)

Dominic Egli – compositions, drums, percussion

Fufu Tryout is a colourful declaration of love to the African continent, its dishes and its dazzling music, with renowned trumpeter Feya Faku adding his echo of traditional African music to drummer Dominic Egli’s contemporary Swiss jazz rhythm section. The result is raw sensuality, explosive coolness and earthy playfulness, which create song-like melodies, complex and driving grooves and eruptive solos. Fufu – the shared staple food of many West African countries – hints at the shared musical experience of these profound musicians, described in the Swiss jazz magazine, Jazz ’n’ More as “dazzlingly beautiful, four musicians grooving, in perfect harmony with each other.”

Feya Faku (trumpet), Domenic Egli (drums – CH), Christoph Irniger (sax – CH), Raffaele Bossard (bass – CH)

DSG Auditorium | Friday 7 July 19:00 | R90

42. Standard Bank Young Artist II – Benjamin Jephta presents ‘Akoustik Elektrik’

Benjamin Jephta

This year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Benjamin Jephta, has already made a name for himself as one of South Africa’s premier jazz double bass and electric bass players and has been nominated for Metro FM and SAMA awards as well as winning the SAMRO Wawela Music Award for ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’. His second Young Artist performance fuses his love for Jazz with hip-hop, electronic and rock music, reflecting the influence of popular culture on young people in the 21st century. ‘Akoustik Elektrik’ aims to blend or manipulate acoustic instruments with electronic synths to create a sound that cuts through hip-hop, electronic and jazz to form something fresh and new. As with all of his compositions, Jephta is constantly dealing with the concept of identity – as an artist or as a human being. #keepingitfresh

Benjamin Jephta (bass), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Justin Bellairs (sax), Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Kyle Shepherd (piano), Bokani Dyer (piano), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), Eden Myrrh (voice), Jitsvinger (MC)

DSG Hall | Friday 7 July 19:30 | R90

43. Reza Khota Quartet

Reza Khota Quartet

The Reza Khota Quartet offers an inspiring sound that tastefully ties the tradition of jazz with contemporary approaches to music making. The result is a powerful and deeply moving project that affects the listener in the most profound way, with each instrument given rightful space in this deep and sonorous soundscape. Presenting material from their debut album, Transmutation, as well as a few new tracks, the group has made a significant contribution to the South African Jazz collection.

Reza Khota (guitar), Buddy Wells (sax), Shane Cooper (bass), Jonno Sweetman (drums)

DSG Auditorium | Friday 7 July 21:30 | R90

44. Linda Sikhakhane

Linda Sikhakhane

Young Umlazi saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane has been attending the SBNYJF since he was 14 years old and he is a fine example of the development opportunities available to our country’s young jazz talent. He first learnt jazz at the Siyakhula Music School – run for years by the jazz legend Dr Brian Thusi in an effort to stimulate jazz in one of KZN’s biggest townships – and then moved on to study jazz at UKZN. Last year he won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition, with the world of international jazz study now open to him. He performs his music with other graduates of the Durban hotbed of jazz – UKZN.

Linda Sikhakhane (sax), Sakhile Simani (trumpet), Lungelo Ngcobo (piano), Thembinkosi Mavimbela (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums)

SB Jazz & Blues Café | Friday 7 July 22:30 | R90

45. GoodLuck

GoodLuck

GoodLuck is one of South Africa’s most exciting live electronic bands, attracting an international electronic pop audience whilst retaining a fresh African flavor. Their music is an irresistible blend of electronica, pop and subtle influences of jazz and their repertoire includes seven Number One hits. They have an uncanny ability to turn disparate ideas into foot- thumping dance floor charts, with their high-octane performances earning them a passionate following around the world. Their big news this year has been signing their first global record deal with Ultra Music in the USA and Sony in Germany, with access to sales worldwide!

Juliet Harding (voice), Matthew O’Connell (sax, keyboard), Ben Peters (production)

DSG Hall | Friday 7 July 23:00 | R90

46. Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band

Standard Bank National Youth JAZZ Festival 2016 bin Grahamstown

The Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band consists of the top young school jazz musicians in the country. Under the musical direction of Kelly Bell – an experienced jazz trombonist and big band leader – the band performs material worked on over the five days of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival.

DSG Hall | Saturday 8 July 12:00 | R50

47. Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band

Standard Bank National Youth JAZZ Festival 2016 bin Grahamstown

 

The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band presents a selection of the top young jazz musicians in the country between the ages of 19 and 25 years. This year the band is under the musical direction of renowned South African saxophonist, composer and arranger, Buddy Wells, who performs regularly at national and international jazz festivals and will be working hard with this group of young jazz players to put together a stellar programme that showcases the talent of today’s youth.

DSG Hall | Saturday 8 July 17:00 | R50

48. International Youth Band

Grahamstown is internationally renowned for the opportunities it provides for musicians to collaborate and broaden their musical network. Jazz students – our art form’s future – need similar opportunities of sharing life experiences derived from growing up in different parts of the globe, and this year we put together a band of advanced South African, Swedish and Norwegian youth musicians, led by Shannon Mowday, Andreas Rotevatn and Torstein Lofthus, to explore each musician’s individuality and find methods to encourage each personal voice.

DSG Auditorium | Saturday 8 July 19:00 | R50

49. Michael Pipoquinha (BR)

Michael Pipoquinha

Michael Pipoquinha first electrified the internet with his home-made bass videos in 2009, when he was only 13! His technical prowess and natural lyricism left older musicians gobsmacked and in the interleading years his abilities have been rapidly enhanced with impossible-sounding bass lines borrowed from bass and guitar, ferocious grooves and impressive melodic and harmonic knowledge, all threaded through with his eclectic Brazilian heritage. Despite being only 21, Pipoquinha is clearly poised to make his mark on the world and has wowed audiences in Europe and South America. “I want people to know that I’m ready and willing to play all over the world, and that my greatest joy is to play for people and move them with music”, he says. Welcome to South Africa, Michael Pipoquinha! On his first gig, he is joined by the extraordinary Swiss pianist Malcolm Braff, who was born in Brazil.

Michael Pipoquinha (bass – BR), Mestrinho (accordion – BR), Alex Buck (drums – BR)

DSG Hall | Saturday 8 July 19:30 | R90

50. Youth Vocals

Youth Vocals

A celebration of school and university jazz choirs and vocal soloists from around the country, supported by professional jazz musicians and co-ordinated by the highly-experienced Amanda Tiffin, head of Vocal Jazz at UCT and Paris-based singer and teacher, Deborah Tanguy.

DSG Auditorium | Saturday 8 July 21:30 | R50

51. Standards

Standards (Mike Rossi)

Woodwind specialist Mike Rossi, Professor of Jazz at UCT, leads an excellent international collaboration, exploring the building block of all jazz musicians – the “Jazz Standard”. Born in the US to Italian emigrants and based in South Africa for the past 19 years, Rossi has performed with as diverse an array of musicians as the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Clark Terry, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin and Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi, and is perfectly qualified to lead this tribute to some of the jazz classics.

Mike Rossi (sax), Amanda Sedgwick (sax – SE), Fredrik Noren (trumpet – SE), Andreas Rotevatn (trombone – NO), Reza Khota (guitar), Prince Bulo (bass), Jonno Sweetman (drums)

SB Jazz & Blues Café | Saturday 8 July 22:30 | R90

52. Bombshelter Beast

Bombshelter Beast

Bombshelter Beast is Marcus Wyatt’s latest project – unconventional, skillful and wonderfully entertaining. This star-studded ensemble combines old-school Kwaito with House, Drum n’ Bass, Dancehall, Dub, Ska, Balkan, Boeremusiek, Hip Hop, Ghoema, Rock, and sneaky bits of Jazz – all laced together with singing, rapping and live improvisations. And it really cooks!

Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Pule (MC), Deone (voice), Zoë Modiga (voice), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Janus van der Merwe (sax), Justin Sasman (trombone), Alex Hitzeroth (sousaphone), Speedy Kobak (accordion), Sasha Sonnbichler (guitar), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Justin Badenhorst (drums)

DSG Hall | Saturday 8 July 23:00 | R90

53. 25th Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival Celebration:

Musicians performing this year and administrators running the festival who have been selected for one of the national bands:

Marlon Witbooi, Romy Brauteseth. Benjamin Jephta, Shane Cooper, Prince Bulo, Kyle Shepherd, Bokani Dyer, Lungelo Ngcobo, Sasha Sonnbichler, Keenan Ahrends, Sakhile Simani, Robin Fassie Kock, Marco Maritz, Justin Sasman, Kelly Bell, Murray Buitendag, Janus van der Merwe, Marc de Kock, Justin Bellairs, Sisonke Xonti, Zoë Modiga, Daniel Burger, Samuel Burger, Raiven Hansmann, Thandi Ntuli, Ruben Crowie, Andre Swartz, Donné Dowlman, Matthew Boon, Dean Flanagan, Donovan Abrey, Nqobile Mbhele, Joshua Smuts, Simon Webster, Bianca Brandt

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