Standard Bank National Jazz & Arts Festival Programme THURSDAY 10 July 2014
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
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. Expect high dynamics, deep grooves, delicate African inflections and mind-bending guitar/drum chemistry of a new order. Guy Buttery is a SAMA winner and three-time winner of the Standard Bank Ovation Award.
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.
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.
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)
Ivan Mazuze – Venue: DSG Hall
Saxophonist Ivan Mazuze is one of the many strong young Mozambican musicians who have emerged from the cultural melting pot of Maputo. A Jazz Degree and a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from UCT and a handful of years in Oslo have added to his natural musical arsenal. His music reflects the best of southern Africa’s contemporary jazz sounds, with its rhythmical percussiveness, jazz harmonization and the use of vocals together with saxophone creating a unique Afro-World sound. His first album was met with great critical acclaim, earning him Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the SAMAS (2010), Best Afro World Group at the Oslo World Music Festival (2009), winner in two categories for best Afro Jazz Album and Jazz/Instrumental Album at the Mozambique Music Awards (2010), and recommended Best Newcomer and Saxophonist of 2010 at the African Jazz Network. A decade ago he was a student attending the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival; now he returns with his own music and his own band.
Tshepo Fela – Venue: The Vic
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.
Black and White – Venue: Smirnoff Music Room
The Brothers are a seven-piece jazz/rock/reggae fusion band with their roots deep in Eastern Cape soil. Conscious songs with catchy choruses are punctuated with flights of improvisational mayhem from saxophone, organ, guitar, tuba and vocals. Fronted by two jiving jesters, The Brothers are a sensory skafrican feast.
Babalwa Mentjies & Blues Broers – Venue: Standard Bank Jazz & Blues Cafe
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.