21 January

Smith Ballew
Vocal, b.1902 d.1984, Palestine, TX

Rudi Blesh
Writer, b.1899 d.1985, Guthrie, OK

Sir Jose Placido Domingo Embil
Opera Singer, Tenor, Spanish, b. 1941, born in Madrid.
A world-famous Spanish operatic tenor. He is known for his versatile, strong voice that possesses a ringing and clear tone throughout its range. In addition to his singing roles, he has also taken on conducting opera performances as well as acting as the General Director of the Washington National Opera in Washington, DC and the Los Angeles Opera in California. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placido_Domingo

Michel Doneda
Soprano Sax, b.1954, Brive, France

Steve Gilmore
Bass, b.1943, Trenton, NJ

Billy Maxted
Piano, Bandleader, Jazz Pianist, NO JOB ASSOCIATED, b.1917 d.2001, Racine, Wisconsin.
Maxted started out playing and arranging for the Red Nichols big band from 1937 to 1940. He worked Ben Pollack,Teddy Powell and Will Bradley. He was a fine pianist and arranger. After serving in the Navy he provided arrangements for Benny Goodman and Claude Thornhill and co-led a band with Ray Eberle (1947-1948) Maxted lived in Long Island, NY for much of his life until he moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1961. In New York, Maxted was a fixture at Nick’s in Greenwich Village.

Shigeharu Mukai
Trombone, b.1949, Nagoya, Japan

Steve Potts
Soprano Sax, b.1945, Columbus, OH

Bruce Squires
Trombone, b.1910 d.1981, Berkeley, CA

Hank Wayland
Bass, b.1906, Fall River, MA

Bob Whitlock
Bass, b.1931, Roosevelt, UT

Richard Ceasar
Guitar, b.1963

Richard Ceasar is one of the forefront jazz guitar players in Cape Town. He has been playing the guitar for 25 years non stop! His influences are, George Benson, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern etc. In April 2007, he released an album: a joint venture with Bassist, Greg Higgins, who produced and co-wrote a few tracks. The title track “Come back to me” and “Sweeter than honey” are already receiving favourable airplay on most popular radio stations. He has been a professional musician for the last 25 years, and has travelled extensively, playing and touring abroad in Australia, Dubai, and the Comores Islands. He has regularly recorded and performed with Chris Schilder, Tony Schilder and Jimmy Dludlu. He also recently recorded a song called “At the g-spot”, which is doing well on the dance floor! His latest offering is a fantastic interpretation of classic soul and jazz favourites, with a few notable Cape flavoured originals!

As far as corporate work is concerned, Richard Ceasar covers a wide repertoire of Latin, Rock, Pop, Classical, Jazz and Swing. He has performed at hundreds of corporates as well as having entertained at a number of 5 star hotels around the world.

Errol Dyers

“Errol Dyers, the acclaimed guitar maestro, is highly respected as a pioneer of what has today become known as Cape Jazz / Ghoema.”

Errol Dyers (Cape Town, South Africa), the acclaimed guitar maestro, is highly respected as a pioneer of what has today become known as Cape Jazz / Ghoema. During his illustrious career, Dyers has performed, recorded and toured locally and internationally with many great artists such as, the late Basil Coetzee, Winston Mankunku, Abdullah Ibrahim, Robbie Jansen & Mccoy Mrubata to name but a few.

Dyers music is inspired and influenced by the rhythms & melodies of Cape Town where he was born as well as the people who live there. Dyers has a unique guitar style which maintains an acoustic and reminiscent ancestral sound that captures the guitar strumming of the century-old Cape traditional and folk music.

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