Standard Bank National Jazz & Arts Festival WEDNESDAY 09 July 2014

Time: 11:00

 

The Phax Trio

The Phax Trio

The Phax Trio – Venue: Beethoven Room

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.

Time: 12:00

Guy Buttery & Gareth Gale – Venue: Smirnoff Music Room

Multiple award-winning guitar virtuosos, Guy Buttery returns to Grahamstown for what will be his 10th Festival appearance. At the age of 30, Guy has achieved what most musicians accomplish in a lifetime. This year, Guy arrives with a brand new show featuring drummer/percussionist extraordinaire Gareth Gale.

Time: 14:00

Dan Patlansky

Dan Patlansky

Dan Patlansky – Venue: Smirnoff Music Room

In a little over a decade on the music scene, Dan Patlansky has become one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa.

Time: 14:00

Steve Newman & Ashish Joshi – Venue: Rhodes Chapel

Together, Steve and Ashish have recorded and released ‘Live at the Mahogany Room’ and ‘In the Clouds’. A show not to be missed

Time 17:00

Tribute Mboweni – Venue: The Vic

Two bands for the price of one! Check the bands’ individual entries for a
description of their music.

Time: 17:00

SBYA: Fire – Venue: DSG Hall

tickets-logoMusic Performed By: Shannon Mowday (sax), Mark Fransman (sax), Afrika Mkhize (piano), Shane Cooper (bass), Kesivan Naidoo (drums)

For 30 years Standard Bank has been a central sponsor of the arts in South Africa through their support of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Winners of this award have always been musical fire-starters – musicians whom audiences know will set the stage alight each time they set foot on it. Tonight five of these past SBYA winners team up to show how South African jazz can hold it’s own in any international arena. Each has an impressive local and international pedigree that can make us proud as a nation.

Time: 18:00

Albert Frost – Solo – Venue: Smirnoff Music Room

Albert Frost

Albert Frost is an all-round master guitarist with a prolific career over 20 years and, with a natural onstage charisma, he has performed on nearly every major stage in South Africa. Voted as Best Blues Guitarist in South Africa by Stage Magazine, he has performed internationally alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones and REM. Though continually on a quest to re-invent himself, he returns often to his first love – the blues.

Time: 19:00

Jazz at Dakawa – Venue: Dakawa Arts Centre

Jazz at Dakawa is an annual programme presented by the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture aimed at showcasing and catapulting emerging talents from the Eastern Cape onto a national stage. This year’s programme will feature the Queenstown Arts Centre Jazz band, Strikers from the Mthatha Community Arts Centre and the Msaki AfroTeens, amongst others, in a showcase that celebrate the partnerships between the groups and the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC). Jazz groups are drawn from each of the seven regions of the province. The Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre will provide technical expertise and assist in promoting the newly established Eastern Cape Recording Label. The programme will also showcase the vintage Kouga Jazz Ensemble featuring the likes of Xolani Faku and other greats from the Eastern Cape. Saturday 5 July Alfred Nzo Jazz Group (Alfred Nzo Region); Sunday 6 July Nagskof (Joe Gqabi Region); Monday 7 July Thandokazi (O R Tambo Region); Tuesday 8 July Queenstown Jazz Band Wednesday 9 July Gompo Arts Centre Jazz Band (Amathole Region); Thursday 10 July Kouga Ensemble (Cacadu Region); Friday 11 July Shoelaces (Nelson Mandela Region)

Time: 19:30

United Nations of Africa – Venue: DSG Hall

Music Performed By: Bongani Sotshononda (chromatic marimba), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Bhekumuzi Mkhuane (clarinet/sax), Nelson Malela (piano – CD), Sylvain Dalubeta (bass – CD), Teshito Langa (drums – MZ)

The marimba is a quintessentially African instrument, though uncommon in jazz.
But one musician who has crossed that boundary with ease is Bongani
Sotshononda, the internationally acclaimed chromatic marimba player and
percussionist. For over two decades he has been responsible for presenting
a beautiful fusion of African jazz and world music around the globe,
including collaborations with vibraphonists Stephon Harris (New York),
Pascal Schumacher (Belgium) and Magda de Vries and performances with the
Brubeck Brothers and Morris Goldberg. With a band drawn from South Africa,
Congo and Mozambique this really is a United Nations of Africa on
Grahamstown’s stage.

Time: 18:30

Gary Thomas – Venue: Albany Cabaret Club

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas

“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

 

Time: 20:00

Guy Buttery & Gareth Gale – Venue: Smirnoff Music Room, St Aidan’s

Multiple award-winning guitar virtuosos, Guy Buttery returns to Grahamstown for what will be his 10th Festival appearance. At the age of 30, Guy has achieved what most musicians accomplish in a lifetime. This year, Guy arrives with a brand new show featuring drummer/percussionist extraordinaire Gareth Gale.

Time: 21:30

Babalwa Mentjies – Venue: Standard Bank Jazz & Blues Café

Music Performed By: Babalwa Mentjies (vocals), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Sakhile Simani (trumpet), Nduduzo Makhathini (piano), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Lloyd Martin (drums)

Vocalist Babalwa Mentjies grew up in Grahamstown and returns home as a polished composer and a graduate of the UKZN School of Music. She has shared the stage with many of South Africa’s top jazz musicians, including Feya Faku, Neil Gonsalves and Sazi Dlamini and has performed around South Africa and abroad. She presents a selection of loved jazz and South African standards, backed by the cream of the Eastern Cape’s jazz musicians.

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