Themba Mkhize – Venue: DSG Hall
Music Performed By: Themba Mkhize (piano), Eric Taliani (guitar), Michael Phillips (bass), Rob Watson (drums), Mbuso Khoza (vocals)
Pianist, producer and composer Themba Mkhize is one of South Africa’s legendary jazz musicians whose musical legacy stretches over three decades. Mkhize’s professional career began with Sakhile in 1981 followed by a 10-year stint with Bayete. As director and producer he has been instrumental in the musical development of Hugh Masekela, Bayete, Miriam Makeba, Sibongile Khumalo and Busi Mhlongo. His first album won two SAMAs for Best South African Traditional Jazz Album and Best Producer, and the Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Jazz. His second album was nominated four times in the 2002 SAMA awards, of which he won three. The album “Hands On” won the Metro FM Award (Jazz category) and a SAMA Award (Best Male Artist).
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.
Dan Patlansky – Venue: St Aidan’s
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.
Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz – Venue: DSG Hall
Featuring 5 past winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. 2014 heralds 30 years of sponsorship of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards by Standard Bank – a corporate entity that has been at the forefront of the development of the arts in this country. This remarkable performance brings together five of South Africa’s musical gems, all of whom have been Young Artist Award winners for Jazz. In a vocal celebration both unique and captivating Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Tutu Puoane and Melanie Scholtz produce a beautiful bouquet of vocal harmonies, sonorous melodies and jazz classics that indicate why they are regarded as being of our nation’s finest singers. Accompanying them on piano is Bokani Dyer.
Steve Newman & Ashish Joshi – Venue: Rhodes Chapel
Hugh Masekela in Concert – Venue: Guy Butler Theatre
Music Performed By: Hugh Masekela (flugelhorn/vocal), Randal Skippers (keyboards/vocal), Cameron Ward (guitar/vocal), Fana Zulu (bass), Lee-Roy Sauls (drums/vocal), Godfrey Mgcina (percussion/vocal)
Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and political voice. His solo career has spanned five decades, during which time he has released over 40 albums (and been featured on countless more) and has worked with artists as diverse as Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Herb Alpert, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and the late Miriam Makeba. In 2010, President Zuma honoured him with the highest order in South Africa, The Order of Ikhamanga, and 2011 saw Masekela receive a Lifetime Achievement award at the WOMEX World Music Expo in Copenhagen. The US Virgin Islands proclaimed ‘Hugh Masekela Day’ in March 2011, not long after Masekela joined U2 on stage during the Johannesburg leg of their 360 World Tour. U2 frontman Bono described meeting and playing with him as one of the highlights of his career. In 2012 Masekela toured Europe with Paul Simon on the Graceland 25th Anniversary Tour and opened his own studio and record label, House of Masekela.
Gary Thomas – Venue: Albany Cabaret Club
“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
Guy Buttery & Gareth Gale – Venue: St Aidan’s
Multiple award-winning guitar virtuoso, 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.
Jimmy Dludlu – Venue: DSG Hall
Music Performed By: Jimmy Dludlu (guitar), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Camillo Lombard (keyboards), Lucas Khumalo (bass), Anthon Mannel (drums), John Hassan (percussion), Thomas Dyani (percussion)
Jimmy Dludlu has become a household name in South Africa, synonymous with foot-tapping groove and insatiable rhythm. His style includes a wide range of influences, combining both traditional and modern elements of jazz drawn from the likes of Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Metheny and South African legends Hugh Masekela and Allen Kwela. He has received several SAMA awards, including Best Newcomer (1998), Best Male Artist (1998, 2000 & 2006) and Best Jazz Album (2000 & 2006). To date he has released seven albums, including his latest release, Tonota, which was received with critical acclaim.