Project Elo – Venue: St Aidan’s 1 – Time: 14:30
2014 SAMA award nominee, bandleader, composer and jazz drummer, Tumi Mogorosi, will be performing his remarkable debut jazz album Project ELO for the first time in Grahamstown. Tumi Mogorosi’s visionary debut album celebrates the centrality of percussion in African spirituality. Project ELO showcases Mogorosi as a remarkable young jazz drummer with impressive technical facility and refreshing clarity of thought. Whether splashing hard at his ride cymbal or throwing imaginative combinations with kick and snare, he manages to mobilise the band into an open ended musical feast and sustains a thrilling intensity.
Tshepo Fela – Venue: The Vic – Time: 13:30
Tshepo Fela offers complex American inspired jazz progressions; accompanied by modern African melodies with vernacular dominated lyrics. His music is soothing to an untrained ear and a superb journey for a trained musical ear. His Liquid African Jazz is a quick path taking one from the past state of jazz to the current.
Steve Newman & Ashish Joshi – Venue: Rhodes Chapel – Time: 14:00
Together, Steve and Ashish have recorded and released ‘Live at the Mahogany Room’ and ‘In the Clouds’. A show not to be missed.
The Phax Trio – Venue: Beethoven Room – Time: 15:00
Witness this band leading you through some of their sultriest and hair-raising Contra-Balkan, Hosh-Klezmer and Parisian peep show inspired music. A powerful wind triumvirate – Eu(PH)onium and two S(AX)ophones – formed by the alumni principal players of the South African National Youth Orchestra: Shaun Acker, Andrea Fisher-Jeffes and Levi Alexander. Original compositions.
Adam Glasser – Venue: DSG Hall – Time: 17:00
Musicians Adam Glasser (harmonica – UK) with Nduduzo Makhathini (piano), Concord Nkabinde (bass), Tlale Makhene (percussion)
Adam Glasser studied jazz piano in South Africa in the 1970s and then moved to London where he became a regular keyboard player on the commercial jazz circuit, performing with musicians such as Martha Reeves and Jimmy Witherspoon. In 1990, he was the pianist and musical director of the Manhattan Brothers who had re-formed for a massive Wembley Stadium concert celebrating the release of Nelson Mandela. This lead to a lengthy stint of high profile gigs and concerts and during this time, Glasser began to master the rarely played chromatic harmonica, participating in various albums, films and performances with stars such as Stevie Wonder, Sting and the Eurythmics. Glasser’s first album earned him a SAMA for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and in 2012 he released the album ‘Mzansi’ with South Africa musicians, which again received rave reviews.
Gary Thomas – Venue: Albany Cabaret Club – Time: 18:30
“A virtuoso display of mastery” – Rolling Stone. “A rare breed of genius” – 24.com. “Electrifying… rupturing the conventional One-Man Guitar/Vocals Mould” – Mail & Guardian. “Manipulating guitar strings so they converse in a new language” – Cape Argus. “Bafflingly brilliant” – Cue. “Wizardry, the definition of an artist” – Levi’s MusicMag. “One of the most original and followed acoustic musicians in the country” – Whatson.co.za. “Spellbinding, haunting, the audience is mesmerized” – Your LMG
Standard Bank Young Artist – Kyle Shepherd Trio with Shane Cooper (bass), Jonno Sweetman (drums) – Venue: DSG Hall – Time: 19:30
Capetonian pianist, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Kyle Shepherd is the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz. Ten years ago this prodigiously talented young man performed in Grahamstown as a member of the Standard Bank National Schools Big Band; now he stands on that same stage on the cusp of a career that promises to be significant for South African jazz. He has already released three critically-acclaimed albums, all of which have earned him South African Music Award nominations and has performed – playing his own music – in 15 countries through Africa, Europe and Asia, including significant festivals in China and Denmark and well-known jazz clubs in Switzerland and Japan. His music pays homage to his musical and cultural roots, but with an internationalism that sets him comfortably on international stages – years spent playing with Zim Ngqawana, Robbie Jansen and Errol Dyers are offset by collaborations with cutting-edge young musicians from around the world.
Tribute Mboweni – Venue: The Vic – Time: 19:30
A singer and environmental activist, Tribute’s music is the result of her jazz and soul influences, local and international. Soulfully mellow, yet sharp and striking, her aim is to draw you in, share of her self and grow with every performance of each song.
Dan Patlansky, Digby and the Lullaby – Venue: St Aidan’s – Time: 21:30
Two bands for the price of one!