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30 Apr 2008

Winston Mankunku concert postponed

Please note that the Winston Mankunku jazz concert at Artscape for 2, 3 May 2008, has been postponed until a later date.


This FRIDAY 2 May, 2008

61 Harrington Street, District Six
Doors open 9pm
Cover Charge is R50

Making serious waves in the Cape Town jazz scene for the last 2 years,
the RESTLESS NATIVES are one of the most popular jazz ensembles in the city. They are fast converting a wide spectrum of listeners to Jazz through there unapologetic and 'no-holds-barred' approach to the music they love most. The band plays original compositions which are strongly rooted in the modern Jazz tradition and clearly reflect what they are all about, proud South Africans. On Tuesdays they perform at Asoka in Kloof Street where their residencies pack out the venue each week (9pm, free entry)

As WhatsOnSa reported,
`Each of these musicians could quite easily take up the entire stage alone and have the audience eating out of their hands'.

Combining these diverse and talented jazz musicians enables the Restless Natives to outshine wher ever they perform

The Band:

Chris Engel Saxophones
Kesivan Naidoo Drums
Jason Reolon Piano
Shane Cooper Double Bass
Lee Thomson Trumpet/Flugel Horn


Also on the bill is vocalist MELANIE SCHOLTZ, presenting her most recent project, a Jazz Quartet featuring original compositions by young and old South African composers, as well as the more obscure Jazz standards. Melanie has recorded with Breakfast Included, Jimmy Dludlu and Marc Fransman's Strait and Narro

She is a dream to listen to and is really one of the legends of tomorrow

Her Band:

Melanie Scholtz Vocals
Andrew Lilley Piano
Charles Lazar Double Bass
Andre Schwartz Drums

After that, DJ Honey Bee will be taking us into the early hours of the morning with her blend of old school Funk and Swing.

For information please contact Lee Thompson on 0827756868

go check out the Restless Natives group on facebook

or the actual event

MIAGI Festival 2008 - Jazz and Classical Music

As part of this festival on Saturday, 3 May 2008 , trombonist, Jannie "Hanepoot" van Tonder is leading the MIAGI Youth Big Band. They will explore some South African jazz of composers like David Ledbetter, Merton Barrow, Dudu Pukwana, Errol Dyers and Douglas Armstrong.

The MIAGI Youth Orchestra will be conducted by Cem Mansur. Their program will include Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, Luigi Bocherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat major, Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite nr. 1 op 46 and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s, Marche Slave op 31 in b flat minor.

This concert is free and happens on 3 May 2008, 20:00, at the Cape Town City Hall.

Please check out the link for the extensive program of the festival

24 Apr 2008


It is really encouraging to see the amount and quality of jazz concerts being organised lately. The upcoming concert on 27 April 2008 at the NASSAU AUDITORIUM, Palmyra Road, Newlands, is one not to be missed.

The aim of organiser and musician, Glenn Robertson is to promote jazz and also to expose upcoming new talent. He has featured some excellent musicians, since he started this series of concerts.

Besides the Glenn Robertson Band, the concert on Sunday, 27 April, will focus on jazz musician, Vincent Kolbe. Vince & Friends will include Vince on piano, Don Cartner on vocals, Brian Eagleson on bass, Willie van Bloemenstein on drums and Harry Peacock on guitar. This will be one of those rare moments to see these guys in a concert setting. Else you have to catch them at a house party. Don't miss this opportunity.

Sunday, 27 April 2008 at 6.30pm for 7pm at the NASSAU AUDITORIUM,
Palmyra Road, Newlands.

Cost is R40 per person

Tel: 021 674 5761

21 Apr 2008


17 Apr 2008

Hanepoot & the Biggish Band in Hout Bay

Hanepoot & the Biggish Band will be playing their special brand of South African Big Band Jazz at the Hout Bay Jazz Picnic, at Ambleside School, Sunday April 20 from 4 onwards.

Ambleside is an independent private school, affiliated to Ambleside Schools International, and this picnic will be a fundraiser towards school funds. Ambleside is committed to offering a life-changing education to children from all walks of life. To facilitate this they offer subsidised school fees to families in need of financial assistance. More info at

The Biggish Band is an entertaining 18-piece big band led by Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder and will play two lively sets from its unique and strictly South African big band jazz collection, including some of its own arrangements of South African jazz classics by the likes of Errol Dyers, Zakes Nkosi, Dollar Brand, Chris McGregor and Hugh Masekela, as well as some originals composed by Merton Barrow, David Ledbetter, Douglas Armstrong, 'Hanepoot' van Tonder and others. The music includes Cape Town goema, Johannesburg marabi and big band swing.

On Sunday the picnic starts at 4pm, and the music at 6 pm. Food and snacks will be available at the Coffee Shop, or bring your own picnic to enjoy on the lawns. Ambleside School is at 120 Milner Road, Hout Bay. Tickets are R50 for adults, R10 children, and can be booked by calling 072-674-7035.

Fans, take note:
The Biggish Band will be taking a break from performing during the winter of 2008, and this will be your last opportunity to see the band until later in the year, so take your chance, and join us on Sunday in Hout Bay ..

view the press release online at

13 Apr 2008


One of the highlights on the Cape Town Jazz Calendar, The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival, is taking place on 29, 30, 31 May 2008, at the Baxter Concert Hall. This year is the tenth anniversary of the festival.

The bands participating are

Thursday 29 May

# Stellenbosch Youth Jazz Band
# Little Giants
# Bergvliet High Junior Jazz Band
# Heathfield High Jazz Band
# Rustenburg Girls’ Jazz Band
# Bergvliet High Jazz Combo

Friday 30 May

# Sans Souci Jazz Cats
# The S.A. College High School Junior Jazz Band
# The S.A College High School Senior Jazz Band
# Westerford High Big Band
# The S.A. College Junior School Jazz Band
# UCT Big Band

Saturday 31 May

# Rondebosch Boys’ Jazz Combo
# Wynberg Boys’ Jazz Band
# Pinelands Jazz Band
# Bishops Jazz Band
# Beau Soleil Music Centre
# Alumni Big Band

One of the highlights of the festival, will be the Alumni Big Band. The Alumni Big Band consists of musicians who have been involved in the Festival since the early days. James Bassingthwaighte, Francois le Roux, Marc de Kock, Chris Engel, Dan Shout, Vaughn Fransch, Alex Gibbons, Myles McDonald, Lwanda Gogwana, Jody Engelbrecht, Ross McDonald, Kelly Bell, Lee Gelderbloem, Graham Beyer, Shaun Johannes, Henrich Goosen, Sakhile Moleshe. As well as guest artists and friends.

Professor John Thomas from Los Angeles, California will be back to participate in the Festival again.. John is a highly sought-after lead trumpet player who has performed with a galaxy of the worlds’ top stars and can be heard on hundreds of TV shows

Starting time: 19:45
Tickets: R60 , R35 for Students/Seniors
R150 for all three performances
Book at Computicket Now

Contact info:
Contact: Ann Barr
Address:P O Box 53514, KENILWORTH 7745
Tel: (021) 797 6657 Cell: 082 451 3696


08 Apr 2008

John Russell Trio at Fogeys

Lunch Jazz: John Russell Trio
Featuring John Russell on guitar with Erin Calrke on vocals and Basil Moses on upright bass. Come listen to the angelic voice of Erin with John on guitar and supported by the talented Basil. A worthy accompaniment to your Sunday Lunch. Fogeys serve great food.
13 April 2008
Music from 13h00 to 15h30

Fogeys Railway House Restaurant
Main Road, Muizenberg
Tel: 021 7883252
Fax: 021 7883251

03 Apr 2008

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02 Apr 2008

CTIJF2008 - Music is the Universal Language

It is said that a picture paints a thousand words, however "Music is the Universal Language". It was spoken so successfully at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2008. Besides the core festival, other events that led up to the festival were also highly successful.

As I was working at the event, I did not see much of the music that I really wanted to see. One act that I did not miss though was Hiromi Uehara. She set the Moses Molelekwa stage on fire. If you have not heard of Hiromi yet, go check out her recordings.

Another female artist who made a big impression at the festival, is South African born jazz vocalist, Tutu Puoane. She released her debut CD titled "Song". After her performance, Tutu had an autograph session at her CD distributor (Jassics) stand. Judging by the amount of people queing to get her autograph, there is no doubt that she had a great performance at the festival.

Like the Cape Town International Jazz Festival became a reality, the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa, will become a reality.

"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk
"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk

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