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30 May 2012

"THE ETHAN SMITH TRIO" Live in Concert @ Erin Hall

"The Ethan Smith Trio", featuring Ethan Smith (saxophones and flutes), Brydon Bolton (double-bass) and Claude Cozens (drums), make their concert debut on Saturday 2 June, 8pm at "Erin Hall" - 8 Erin Road, Rondebosch


A group with an eclectic mix of sound influences, the trio's music is strongly rooted in traditional musical styles from Africa, South Africa, the Middle and Far East. They bring this together within a jazz and improvised context.


"My aim with the trio is to establish freer forms and a greater emphasis on improvisation - which is to say that the trio is not as 'tune driven' as my quartet is. Brydon and Claude are highly intuitive musicians, so the freer, more pliable forms allow for each musician’s strengths and musical preferences to come to the fore." says Smith.


Smith, winner of the 2009 FMR / Pick 'n Pay Music Award in the Jazz category made a very favourable impression when he went on tour with the Kyle Shepherd 'fineART' Quartet in June 2010 to perform in Switzerland at The Bird's Eye Jazz Club and Denmark at the  Aarhus and Riverboat Jazz Festivals. He is also (most notably) a member of The Kyle Shepherd Group.


TICKETS (to be paid at the door) cost R80. Students pay R50 (on presentation of student card).

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ETHAN SMITH and HIS MUSIC VISIT      
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29 May 2012

KMA Jazz Band performs with Top Cape Town Musicians

The Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay is a Non Profit Music Academy dedicated to providing music education of all styles and instruments to the underprivileged communities in the Hout Bay valley. Founded in 2007 by Director and Hout Bay resident, Ms Dwyn Griesel, KMA now provides musical opportunities to over 130 pupils, priding itself on successful cultural and racial integration, which is KMA’s underlying principle.

Over the last 5½ years, the Academy has grown exponentially on an annual basis and is now establishing itself as a sustainable and reputable music school in the Hout Bay valley, providing a much needed service to not only the disadvantaged communities but also the many families in Hout Bay who can afford music tuition for their children.


KMA has won many awards, including the Mixed Choirs Trophy at the 2011 Cape Town Eistedfodd, and the Hout Bay Lions Club Louis Volks Humanitarian Award. In November 2011 Dwyn received the 2011 Inyathelo Philanthropy in the Arts Award.

Besides 11 other ensembles on the go, KMA has established a successful partnership with James House Children’s Home in Hout Bay, by developing a marimba group of 12 young girls from Imizamu Yethu informal settlement, who have performed in and around Cape Town on a regular basis since 2010.


Says Dwyn, "To date we would not have been able to survive without the support of organisations and individuals locally and internationally, but in order for KMA to continue expanding and continue being a valuable contributor to South African society we constantly need increased sponsorship. We depend on the assistance and involvement of the community and welcome any contributions people out there are willing to make."

On the 13th of June 2012, the Academy’s "flagship", the KMA Jazz Band, will be leaving for Germany on their first ever tour – anywhere, let alone overseas! Organised by the Goethe Institute, "Aktion Welt" and "The Exlie Centre" in Germany, the band will be performing at 2 major German festivals including the Stelzen fest where they will share the stage with Abdullah Ibrahim.


The KMA Jazz Band is: Aviwe Mkhaphuza on Alto Sax, Hadrien Ramondi on Trumpet, Cameron Claasen on Drums, Chad Van Rooyen on Piano and vocals, Leanne Johannes on Vocals, Lungisa Chili on Bass and Louise Zschage on Trombone (Band leader).

With enormous costs involved, KMA wishes to thank the generous support of their patron, Prof Denis Goldberg, and all those who have contributed to helping the Jazz band fulfil its needs for the trip, especially Michelline Daniel at ProAdd and Nigel Lardner-Burke at Fabric House, and the Hout Bay and Pinelands Rotaries.


On Saturday the 2nd of June 2012, the KMA Jazz Band will be holding their final fund raiser concert before the tour to Germany, where they will perform with some of Cape Town’s finest musicians: Derek Gripper, Tony Cox, Michele Maxwell, David Ledbetter, Buddy Wells, James Kibby, Chantal Willie and Andre Petersen.

The concert is at Riverside Estates, Valley Road, Hout Bay (opposite the World of Birds), at 6pm. The tickets are R120 and this includes wine and snacks.
Booking is essential so please contact kma{@}intekom.co.za or 0823314062
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21 May 2012

Hikes around Cape Town and surrounds - good reference

A very good reference to some hikes around Cape Town and surrounds by courtesy of Cape Town Magazine: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/hikes-overview


Please take the necessary precautions when going on any hike. Enjoy the outdoors and preserve nature.

posted 21 May 2012

17 May 2012

ARTSCAPE YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012 - SATURDAY 2 JUNE

This year, Artscape’s Youth Jazz Festival 2012 celebrates its 10th year with seven soloists who auditioned to perform for this momentous occasion. Directed and conducted by the legendary jazz trumpeter, educator and performing artist Ian Smith, Kevin Gibson(Drums), Andrew Ford (Piano) and Wesley Rustin (Double Bass) form a jazz ensemble to accompany the soloists.  The festival is on Saturday 2 June in the Artscape Theatre from 19h30 until 22h00.

All the soloists come from the Western Cape and include: Adele Wyngaard(24)  Vocalist from Kraaifontein, Angelo Panizza (21) on Piano from Landsdowne, Brendon Hendricks (22) Bass Guitar from Delft, Lindelo Mangesi (20) Tenor Sax from Gugulethu, Marcé Underwood (23)Vocalist, Little Mowbray, Mark Williams (23)on Guitar and Whitney Olivier (17)Vocalist  are both from Mitchells Plain.


Already making waves in the jazz arena, some of these musicians have represented South Africa at local and international jazz festivals and events such as the prestigious Big Band Festival, the National Jazz Festival in Grahamstown and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. They have also appeared on television and had interviews on radio.

Since its inception, the educational programme has changed each year to create exciting challenges for participants, developing possibilities, creativity and diversity. Last year the Delft Big Band conducted by Ian Smith accompanied six soloists.  The band and soloists were also mentored by Ian.  In previous years, youth bands received individual mentorship, with well-known jazz musicians in preparation for their performance at the festivals. Kevin Gibson and Wesley Rustin were amongst those mentors.  Artscape provides the platform to showcase the work with all the technical support.


In 2003 Artscape Audience Development and Education included the Youth Jazz Festival as an extension of their annual Classical Youth Music Festival, which began in 1971 - to give young instrumental soloists and singers the opportunity of performing with a professional orchestra.  The 2012 Youth Jazz Festival once again follows the same concept with soloists performing with highly skilled professional musicians who will also mentor the soloists.

This concert marks a decade of Artscape’s youth jazz development and education and is a project of the Audience Development and Education Department.  Says Marlene le Roux, director of the department: ‘Not only does the Jazz project develop musical skills, it gives assurance to future audiences for this genre. There is a phenomenal jazz tradition in the Western  Cape which will be kept alive through nurturing these young musicians. This project is building positive future citizens who recognise through hard work they can put their dreams into action.’


Artscape salutes Ian Smith and all the mentors who have over the past 10 years contributed to the Jazz industry and paved the way for young musicians to find a career in music. Artscape also congratulates this year’s soloists and welcomes the musicians and the public to celebrate the 2012 Festival.

Tickets for the festival cost R80. Book through Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695,Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets and or line www.computickets.com - Seating is unreserved and is sold out every year - book now.

This project is generously supported by Distell and BusTransport by HCI.

For more information contact Tarnia van Zitters on 021 410 9803 or tarniav{@}artscape.co.za
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05 May 2012

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2012 and others

The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival has firmly established itself as one of the most exciting events on the Cape Town jazz calendar. This year the festival is happening from Thursday, 31 May 2012 until Saturday, 2 June 2012.

Associated with The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2012 are also the Cape Town Marimba Festival 2012, happening on Friday, 11 May 2012 and the Cape Town Steel Band Festival 2012, happening on Friday, 25 May 2012.

Please check the posters below for more details on participating bands, bookings, times and prices.

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2012


Cape Town Marimba Festival 2012



Cape Town Steel Band Festival 2012




posted 5 May 2012

02 May 2012

KYLE SHEPHERD trio LIVE in CONCERT at THE MAHOGANY ROOM, 2 - 5 May 2012

The KYLE SHEPHERD TRIO performs LIVE in CONCERT at Cape Town’s premier Jazz Club, THE MAHOGANY ROOM, 79 Buitenkant St, Cape Town from Wed 2nd May to Saturday 5th May 2012. There are two shows per night, 8pm & 10pm.
The Mahogany Room is a small intimate Jazz Club therefore BOOKINGS are ESSENTIAL
CALL 076 679 2697
ENTRY: R60 per show or R100 for both. CASH ONLY Students: R40 per show or R70 for both (proof of Student ID required


The Trio features Shepherd on grand piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums.

"…Shepherd, together with Shane Cooper on double bass and drummer Jonno Sweetman, creating music of subtle yet tremendous power. Though the technique of all three is undeniable, this is no antiseptic chopsfest: it is music of genuine passion, meditative and stately but always emotionally engaged. It has groove at its very core, with hummable, stripped back melodies on top – and not just in the 'head' sections that traditionally top and tail jazz arrangements." Marcus O'Dair | The Arts Desk, United Kingdom

Shepherd recently launched his 3rd Album, 'South African History !X' to critical acclaim. His two previous Albums, 'fineART' and 'A Portrait of Home', attracted South African Music Award nominations and drew recognition worldwide from respected jazz critics and discerning music listeners alike.

Shepherd has performed in Japan, Holland, France, Belgium, The Bird's Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), the Århus Jazz Festival (Denmark) as well as at home in South Africa at The Cape Town International Jazz and Joy of Jazz Festivals.


The Kyle Shepherd Trio is set to perform China and Switzerland later this year.

www.kyleshepherd.co.za

01 May 2012

Images From The Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2012 and Fringe Events

My experience at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival was excitingly different this year(2012).
Here are some images from the workshops, rehearsals, interviews, discussions, press conferences, fringe events, the Community Concert on Greenmarket Square, the actual concert and the after party.

Steven Roode at the INTYHOLO JAZZ DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP, Gugulethu, 29 March 2012
Mac Mckenzie and part of his Goema Orchestra at the South African Association for Jazz Education conference, 27 March 2012

Sathima Bea Benjamin being interviewed by Nigel Vermaas at the South African Association for Jazz Education conference, 27 March 2012

Development Band with Don -Veno Prins rehearsing at the Fugard Theatre on 27 March 2012 for the Community Concert at Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012


Development Band with Don -Veno Prins rehearsing at the Fugard Theatre on 27 March 2012 for the Community Concert at Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012


Development Band with Don -Veno Prins rehearsing at the Fugard Theatre on 27 March 2012 for the Community Concert at Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012


Development Band with Don -Veno Prins rehearsing at the Fugard Theatre on 27 March 2012 for the Community Concert at Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012

Development Band with Don -Veno Prins rehearsing at the Fugard Theatre on 27 March 2012 for the Community Concert at Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012


Bokani Dyer and Steve Dyer being interviewed at the Photographic workshop, 28 March 2012

Young spectators at the Community Concert, Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012

Part of the crowd at the Community Concert, Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012

Photographers were matched up with journalist participants for the Community concert - the pic goes with this article http://mg.co.za/article/2012-03-30-on-the-other-side

Allen Stone performing at the Community Concert, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town, 28 March 2012
Tebogo Sedumedi, bassist with Hip Hop Pantsula, performing at the Community Concert, Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012


Hip Hop Pantsula, performing at the Community Concert, Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012

Hip Hop Pantsula, performing at the Community Concert, Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012

An elevated fan at the Community Concert, watching Hip Hop Pantsula perform, 28 March 2012

Dave Koz and Randy Jacobs performing at the Community Concert, Greenmarket Square, 28 March 2012
Jonathan Eato, Sebastian Scotney and Gwen Ansell at a panel discussion, 29 March 2012

Gwen Ansel, Sathima Bea Benjamin and Lois Gilbert of Jazz Corner at a panel discussion, 29 March 2012.

Educators from Berklee facilitating part of the workshop at Vuyisile Mini Centre in Gugulethu, 29 March 2012

Workshop at Vuyisile Mini Centre in Gugulethu, 29 March 2012

The vocal trio, Ma Afrika, performing at the workshop at Vuyisile Mini Centre in Gugulethu, 29 March 2012

Harmonica player, Adam Glasser, conducting an Harmonica workshop at Vuyisile Mini Centre in Gugulethu, 29 March 2012

Harmonica player, Adam Glasser, conducting an Harmonica workshop at Vuyisile Mini Centre in Gugulethu, 29 March 2012

Nicolas Williams and Kesivan Naidoo performing at the Mahogany Room, Cape Town. 29 March 2012

Mark Fransman performing at the Mahogany Room, Cape Town. 29 March 2012

Two French vocalists performing at the Mahogany Room, Cape Town. 29 March 2012

Wayne Bosch performing at the Mahogany Room, Cape Town. 29 March 2012

Melvin Peters performing at the Mahogany Room, Cape Town. 29 March 2012

Mike Stern and Dave Weckl conducting a workshop at the Fugard Theatre, 30 March 2012

The Brubeck Brothers at a press conference, Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 30
 March 2012

Tebogo Sedumedi and Hip Hop Pantsula, press conference, Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 30 March 2012

Nothemba and Moreira Chonguiza at the CTIJF2012 press conference, 30 March 2012

Members of the group Third World at the press conference, Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 30 March 2012

Kevin Mahogany at the press conference, Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 30 March 2012

Peter Mckenzie and Johnny Mekoa at the press conference, Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 30 March 2012

Moreira Chonguiza being at the CTIJF2012 press confrence, 30 March 2012

Zakes Bantwini being interviewed at the CTIJF2012 press confrence, 30 March 2012

Malcolm Jiyane, trombonist with Herbie Tsoaeli's Group performing at the Rosies Stage at the CTIJF2012, 30 March 2012

Herbie Tsoaeli's Group performing at the Rosies Stage at the CTIJF2012, 30 March 2012

Nduduzo Makhatini pianist with Herbie Tsoaeli's Group performing at the Rosies Stage at the CTIJF2012, 30 March 2012

Bokani Dyer, performing with Steve Dyer's group, Moses Molelekwa Stage. 30 March 2012

Shaun Johannes,  performing with Steve Dyer's group, Moses Molelekwa Stage. 30 March 2012

Steve Dyer's performing with his group, Moses Molelekwa Stage. 30 March 2012

Lwanda Gogwana, performing with Steve Dyer's group, Moses Molelekwa Stage. 30 March 2012

Spencer Mbadu performing with Victor Kula's group, Moses Molelekwa stage, 30 March 2012

Victor Kula performing at the Moses Molelekwa stage, 30 March 2012

Spencer Mbadu and Ivan Bell  performing with Victor Kula's group, Moses Molelekwa stage, 30 March 2012

Part of the crowds at the Bassline Stage

Mike Stern playing at Basil "Manenberg" Coetzee Stage, 30 March 2012 

Third World members conducting a workshop at the Fugard Theatre, 31 March 2012

Members of the local outfit Sons Of Selassie with Stephen Coore of Third World

Vocalist with the Alexander Sinton High School Jazz Band, at Basil "Manenberg" Coetzee Stage, 31 March 2012

Chantal Willie, performing with the Andre Petersen Quintet, Rosies Stage, 31 March 2012

Andre Petersen performing with his Quintet, Rosies Stage, 31 March 2012

Sophia Foster performing at the Moses Molelekwa Stage, 31 March 2012

Marcus Miller at the Kippies Stage, 31 March 2012

Xia Jia on piano and Zhang Ke on bass performing in the Xia Jia Trio, Moses Molelekwa Stage, 31 March 2012

Zhang Ke on bass performing in the Xia Jia Trio, Moses Molelekwa Stage, 31 March 2012

Wesley Rustin, bass and Heinrich Goosen, drums, performing with the Jason Reolon Trio, Moses Molelekwa Stage, 31 March 2012

David Sanchez at the Moses Molelekwa Stage, 31 March 2012

Lenny White performing with The Trio, Rosies Satge, 31 March 2012

Donald Harrison performing with The Trio, Rosies Satge, 31 March 2012

Ron Carter performing with The Trio, Rosies Stage, 31 March 2012

Third World, Basil "Manenberg" Coetzee Stage, 31 March 2012

Stephen "Cat" Coore of Third World, Basil "Manenberg" Coetzee Stage, 31 March 2012

Stephen "Cat" Coore, William "Bunny Bugs" Clarke and Richard Daley of Third World, Basil "Manenberg" Coetzee Stage, 31 March 2012

Gabriel Tchiema performing at the Moses Molelekwa Stage, 31 March 2012

Lukulu Luanatona performing with Gabriel Tchiema's group at the Moses Molelekwa Stage, 31 March 2012

After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

Sandile Gontsana, After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

Kevin Mahogany, After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

Adam Glasser, After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

Phumlani Mtiti, After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

Bkeki Khoza, After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

Bheki Khoza and Herbie Tsoaeli, After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 2012

Herbie Tsoaeli, After party Primi Piatti, 1 May 201
Links
"Take Ten" with Sebastian Scotney of London Jazz:

Two from Nadine Theron
Kimani wa Wanjiru

posted 4 May 2012



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