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5th SAJE Jazz Festival

Kyle Shepherd | Photo Credit Gregory Franz

The 5th SAJE Jazz Festival takes place from 28 to 30 April 2017 in Cape Town. International Jazz Day will be celebrated on Sunday 30 April and is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as JAM), which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.

The South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE) is a section 21 non-profit organisation and since 1992 our mission has been to assure the growth of jazz in South Africa and the development of jazz and jazz education in urban and rural areas, to build the jazz arts community by advancing education and research, to promote skills development and performance, to develop new audiences, and to document, preserve and archive our South African jazz heritage. The SAJE Jazz Festival is a biennial event focusing on jazz education, performance, workshops, skills and audience development. It offers a unique forum for musicians, academics, educators and teachers, jazz fans, students and learners, to engage with the latest sounds and ideas in jazz. Along with workshops, performances and industry displays, there will be opportunities for discussion, information exchange, and networking.

Carlo Mombelli | Photo Credit Reza Khota

This year the Festival offers an exciting line-up of South African jazz musicians and educators – including The Bokani Dyer Trio featuring pianist Bokani Dyer (Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2011), bassist Romy Brauteseth and drummer Sphelelo Mazibuko, also bassist Carlo Mombelli and pianist Kyle Shepherd (Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2014), guitarist Mageshen Naidoo and pianist Roland Moses, Kalahari Connection, the UCT Jazz Voices, and the UCT Big Band conducted by Mike Rossi. International guests include guitarist Roberto Zechini (Italy), trumpeter Gordon Vernick (USA) and accordionist Guilherme Ribeiro (Brazil). The 5th SAJE Jazz Festival is open to everyone. There is much to see and hear – audiences can enjoy concerts, workshops and industry displays. Workshops will include: effective use of smart phones and ipads in music education by Alistair Andrews, a vocal workshop by Nicky Schrire, a bass workshop by Carlo Mombelli, a workshop on South African jazz by pianist Bokani Dyer, and a workshop on pedals and effects for guitarists, among others. Musicraft will offer onsite repairs and a display along with Paul Bothner Music.

Mike Rossi | Photo Credit Francesco Coppari

Please visit the SAJE website and 2017 Festival website for more information

Bokani Dyer

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