Category Archives: Jazz

When Ballet Meets Jazz

Ballet lovers are constantly being told that ballet is an aging Eurocentric art form with little relevance to general South African audiences. In contrast jazz music is recognised as an art form which spans the many gaps between South Africans, … Continue reading

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Carlo Mombelli ‘Angels and Demons’ Tour

In association with Concerts SA, South African bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli presents his Angels and Demons tour. Music extraordinaire Mombelli is joined by an impressive trio of jazz luminaries: Kyle Shepherd on piano, Keenan Chas Ahrends on guitar, and … Continue reading

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Neo Native

I love the work of Bokani Dyer.  This is a press release received from his publicist: “Multi-award-winning composer and pianist Bokani Dyer is set to launch his fourth studio album, Neo Native, an intimate, inviting listening experience and a reimagination … Continue reading

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It’s a knockout – King Kong

In 1959 musical theatre history in South Africa was made when King Kong, an “all African jazz opera”, opened at the Witwatersrand University Great Hall. The then young Nelson Mandela was in the opening night multi-racial audience.  The music and … Continue reading

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Jazz at Wits

I love seeing musicians heading into a concert hall to hear other musicians – the Wits faculty were out in droves at the recent concert by award- winning jazz pianist, Andre Petersen, one of their colleagues. The Andre Petersen Quartet … Continue reading

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Tea with Wouter Kellerman

Venue:  Cafe de la Creme, corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Melville.  A coffee shop and bakery that has been there for a long time, trading under the same name.  A new owner now, Frano, Telephone 079 878 3567.  They … Continue reading

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District Six launches in Johannesburg

Andreas Loven is a Norwegian jazz pianist who studied jazz in South Africa after having  completed an engineering degree in Norway. He has now returned to the country of his birth after six years in the Western Cape. He is … Continue reading

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