One hundred musicians from 12 countries will converge in Grahamstown this year to celebrate what is promising to be a spectacular 20th year of the sponsorship of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival. The 10-day long jazz jamboree has over the years become a central groove ingredient at the National Arts Festival. Principally located at the DSG Campus with other satellite venues across the small town, the festival is a host to an impressively wide ranging offering of styles and tastes in jazz and beyond.
Africa Plus is an eclectic, genre-crossing band whose repertoire includes innovative original music as well as creative renditions of covers by some of Africa’s greatest pioneers of jazz. The band includes two past members of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, displaying a combination of virtuosity as well as easily-accessible melodies. Though young, each band member has become a well-established and sort-after musician, producing, recording and performing with the ‘who’s who’ of the SA music scene as well as international acts.
Prince Bulo (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), Lungelo Ngcobo (keyboard) http://www.standardbank.co.za/standardbank/
Amanda Sedgwick (SA/SE)
Swedish saxophonist Amanda Sedgwick has worked as a musician, composer and leader of her own groups in Sweden, Holland and the US for fifteen years with four records to her name featuring her own compositions. She has taught at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm and presently resides between Stockholm and New York. She leads her own quintet and can be heard with numerous Swedish small groups and big bands, with a preference for hard bop and since 2014 has worked with British singer Georgie Fame. She is joined by a potent young band of South Africans, all graduates of the SBNYJB and each with a burgeoning international career.
Amanda Sedgwick (sax - SE), Robin Fassie-Kock (trumpet), Bokani Dyer (piano), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Marlon Witbooi (drums)
Amanda Tiffin & Deborah Tanguy (SA/FR)
Sit back and relax to collaborations between musicians performing at this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival. The Café has a chilled vibe to go along with the great food and drink, and is the place where musicians go to meet and jam. Jazz in the Café tonight is hosted by Deborah Tanguy (Head of Jazz Vocals at Bobigny Conservatory in Paris) and Amanda Tiffin (Head of Jazz Vocals at UCT). Both are leaders in the field of jazz singing and have collaborated a number of times over the past few years, both on stage and in the classroom. They are joined by two excellent guitarists in what will be a perfect way to end a busy festival day!
Amanda Tiffin (voice), Deborah Tanguy (voice – FR), Dave Ledbetter (guitar), Olivier Cahours (guitar - FR)
Andy Narell has spent more than a quarter-century exploring the subtleties and complexities of steel-pan playing and grafting them to the jazz idiom. Narell introduced the steel drums to jazz as a solo instrument, playing not only Caribbean and Latin melodies but R&B, funk, and straight-ahead jazz. Never satisfied with the musical status quo Narell continuously pushes the boundaries of musical innovation and performance. Here he presents a fascinating collaboration of steel pan fused with World Music and Jazz.
Andy Narell (steel pans – US), Louis Mhlanga (guitar), Pete Sklair (bass), Vusi Khumalo (drums), Tlale Makhene (percussion)
Bombshelter Beast is Marcus Wyatt’s latest project – unconventional, skillful and wonderfully entertaining. This star-studded ensemble combines old-school Kwaito with House, Drum n’ Bass, Dancehall, Dub, Ska, Balkan, Boeremusiek, Hip Hop, Ghoema, Rock, and sneaky bits of Jazz – all laced together with singing, rapping and live improvisations. And it really cooks!
Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Pule (MC), Deone (voice), Zoë Modiga (voice), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Janus van der Merwe (sax), Justin Sasman (trombone), Alex Hitzeroth (sousaphone), Speedy Kobak (accordion), Sasha Sonnbichler (guitar), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Justin Badenhorst (drums)
Desmond & the Tutus / Opposite the Other
Desmond & the Tutus have been scare-crowing across the world’s stages with their unique brand of kwela-indie-punk for over ten years. The Tutus have played headline slots at just about every notable South African music festival and local live music venue and their latest album won the SAMA for Best Rock Album in 2016. They have toured extensively internationally, with particular success in Japan. Their opening act – Opposite The Other – represents what this year’s Jazz Festival is specifically celebrating – the way in which young musicians have attended the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival and then forged careers in a variety of musical genres, creating an increasingly eclectic national musical identity. The band grew out of the relationships founded in the Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band, with three of the founding members playing in the national band. OTO is a viral internet sensation that is increasingly becoming a live performance phenomenon.
Desmond & the Tutus: Shane Durrant (vocals), Douglas Bower (guitar), Craig Durrant (drums)
Opposite The Other: Samuel Burger (voice), Dan Burger (bass), Robbie Spooner (drums)
Dominic Egli’s PLURISM with Feya Faku presents MORE FUFU! (SA/CH)
Fufu Tryout is a colourful declaration of love to the African continent, its dishes and its dazzling music, with renowned trumpeter Feya Faku adding his echo of traditional African music to drummer Dominic Egli’s contemporary Swiss jazz rhythm section. The result is raw sensuality, explosive coolness and earthy playfulness, which create song-like melodies, complex and driving grooves and eruptive solos. Fufu - the shared staple food of many West African countries - hints at the shared musical experience of these profound musicians, described in the Swiss jazz magazine, Jazz ’n’ More as “dazzlingly beautiful, four musicians grooving, in perfect harmony with each other.”
Feya Faku (trumpet), Domenic Egli (drums – CH), Christoph Irniger (sax – CH), Raffaele Bossard (bass – CH)
Amsterdam's guitarist/composer Anton Goudsmit is one of the most impressive and diverse musicians on the Dutch music scene – a scene that is world-renowned for both its technical precision and its creativity. He graduated summa cum laude in 1994 from the Amsterdam Conservatory and has subsequently won the highest Dutch awards for both jazz (Boy Edgar Prize) and pop (Devil Prize), playing with leading European musicians and guesting with bands such as The Bad Plus. He is also musical director of the Dutch Youth Jazz Orchestra. Tonight he collaborates with a South African saxophonist living in Norway who is skilled in all genres; one of Norway’s leading jazz and pop drummers; and this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist, who is himself well-versed in funk and pop.
Anton Goudsmit (guitar – NE), Shannon Mowday (sax), Benjamin Jephta (bass), Torstein Lofthus (drums – NO)
GoodLuck is one of South Africa’s most exciting live electronic bands, attracting an international electronic pop audience whilst retaining a fresh African flavor. Their music is an irresistible blend of electronica, pop and subtle influences of jazz and their repertoire includes seven Number One hits. They have an uncanny ability to turn disparate ideas into foot- thumping dance floor charts, with their high-octane performances earning them a passionate following around the world. Their big news this year has been signing their first global record deal with Ultra Music in the USA and Sony in Germany, with access to sales worldwide!
Juliet Harding (voice), Matthew O’Connell (sax, keyboard), Ben Peters (production)
Guy Buttery Trio
Renowned guitarist Guy Buttery, bass extraordinaire Shane Cooper and multi-instrumental percussionist Ronan Skillen team up for a unique collaboration. Guy Buttery enjoys invitations from all over the globe and the USA, UK, Australia, France, Brazil, and Italy have all welcomed him back year after year. Shane Cooper’s debut album, Oscillations, won the 2014 SAMA for Best Jazz Album of the year the year after he received the highly prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Ronan Skillen has featured in musical genres across the board, from classical, rock and folk to electro, jazz, world music and hip-hop and can be regularly heard performing on recordings and film scores in South Africa, Switzerland, Holland, Lithuania, Kenya, Madagascar, the UK and India. The musical chemistry and energy these three artists produce together is nothing short of electrifying.
Guy Buttery (guitar), Shane Cooper (bass), Ronan Skillen (percussion)
James Morrison Quartet (AU)
James Morrison is undoubtedly the world’s greatest multi-instrumentalist, playing at virtuoso level on all the brass, piano, saxophones and double bass. He has been guest soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic, and performed with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Phil Collins, Ray Charles and Wynton Marsalis, headlining festivals such as the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and playing in the world’s great jazz clubs. James composed and performed the opening for the Sydney Olympic Games, and in 2013 conducted the World’s Largest Orchestra of 7,224 musicians, setting a new Guinness World Record. He also established the James Morrison Academy of Music (partnered with The Juilliard), has a pilot’s license and hosted Top Gear Australia.
James Morrison (trumpet, trombone - AU), William Morrison (guitar - AU), Harry Morrison (bass - AU), Patrick Danao (drums - AU)
James Morrison Quartet (AU) & Festival Big Band
Australia’s greatest jazz ambassador entertains us a second time with his quartet, this time concluding his set with his speciality – Big Band Jazz. Not only is this Big Band a collection of some of South Africa’s top jazz musicians (led by Fredrik Noren, leader of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra) but it is also a tribute to the impact of 25 years of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival - every South African member of the band (with three older exceptions) was a member at some stage of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band!
James Morrison (trumpet - AU), William Morrison (guitar - AU), Harry Morrison (bass - AU), Patrick Danao (drums - AU)
+ Sax: Shannon Mowday, Justin Bellairs, Marc de Kock, Sisonke Xonti, Mike Rossi; Trumpet: Fredrik Noren (SE), Marcus Wyatt, Robin Kock, Sakhile Simani, Marco Maritz; Trombone: Andreas Rotevatn (NO), Justin Sasman, Kelly Bell, Murray Buitendag; Piano: Bokani Dyer
Born and raised in Cape Town, Jimmy Nevis shot to fame at a young age as an alternative pop singer-songwriter and producer. Easily recognisable by his smooth vocals and catchy melodies in his unique mix of pop and RnB stylings, Nevis’ music is the kind that commands recognition. His debut album, Subliminal, brought the signing of an exclusive deal with top American record label Ultra Records for distribution in the USA. Since then he has been nominated for several top awards including ‘Record of the Year’ at the South African Music Awards, MTV African Awards and Wawela Awards. A collaborator by nature, Nevis has worked together with other South African groups such as MiCasa and Opposite The Other.
Jimmy Nevis (voice), Anzio Sauls (guitar), Revan October (bass), Ruben Crowie (drums)
South African songstress Judith Sephuma returns to Grahamstown for what is guaranteed to be another sensational performance. As one of the best vocal talents South Africa has to offer, she is a revered household name, continuing to set musical trends and make waves across Europe and the rest of the African continent. Her latest album, One Word, presents a fresh new collection of tracks that speak from the heart. Her impressive SAMA and Metro FM accolades resonate with what we all know intuitively - Judith has firmly established herself as a South African musical powerhouse and vocal legend.
Judith Sephuma (voice), Devine Mitchel (guitar), Job Thako (piano), Tendai ‘ Shox’ Shoko (bass), Joey Williams (drums), Kuki Mncube (voice), Thembinkosi Manqele (voice)
Keenan Ahrends played guitar in the Standard Bank National Schools’ Band in 2005, along with Sisonke Xonti and Romy Brauteseth, and he toured Sweden the following year with the SBNYJB, showing impressive flair and creativity, especially considering his youth. He spent time studying in Norway and has established himself in Cape Town as an exciting and insightful performer, composer and educator, booked for gigs around the country. He meets up with old friends tonight, playing his compositions.
Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums)
Young Umlazi saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane has been attending the SBNYJF since he was 14 years old and he is a fine example of the development opportunities available to our country’s young jazz talent. He first learnt jazz at the Siyakhula Music School - run for years by the jazz legend Dr Brian Thusi in an effort to stimulate jazz in one of KZN’s biggest townships - and then moved on to study jazz at UKZN. Last year he won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition, with the world of international jazz study now open to him. He performs his music with other graduates of the Durban hotbed of jazz – UKZN.
Linda Sikhakhane (sax), Sakhile Simani (trumpet), Lungelo Ngcobo (piano), Thembinkosi Mavimbela (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums)
Michael Pipoquinha featuring Malcolm Braff (BR/CH)
Michael Pipoquinha first electrified the internet with his home-made bass videos in 2009, when he was only 13! His technical prowess and natural lyricism left older musicians gobsmacked and in the interleading years his abilities have been rapidly enhanced with impossible-sounding bass lines borrowed from bass and guitar, ferocious grooves and impressive melodic and harmonic knowledge, all threaded through with his eclectic Brazilian heritage. Despite being only 21, Pipoquinha is clearly poised to make his mark on the world and has wowed audiences in Europe and South America. “I want people to know that I’m ready and willing to play all over the world, and that my greatest joy is to play for people and move them with music”, he says. Welcome to South Africa, Michael Pipoquinha! On his first gig, he is joined by the extraordinary Swiss pianist Malcolm Braff, who was born in Brazil.
Michael Pipoquinha (bass - BR), Mestrinho (accordion - BR), Alex Buck (drums - BR) + Malcolm Braff (piano – CH)
Reza Khota Quartet
The Reza Khota Quartet offers an inspiring sound that tastefully ties the tradition of jazz with contemporary approaches to music making. The result is a powerful and deeply moving project that affects the listener in the most profound way, with each instrument given rightful space in this deep and sonorous soundscape. Presenting material from their debut album, Transmutation, as well as a few new tracks, the group has made a significant contribution to the South African Jazz collection.
Reza Khota (guitar), Buddy Wells (sax), Shane Cooper (bass), Jonno Sweetman (drums)
Seba Kaapstad (SA/DE)
‘Every audience,’ says German bassist and composer Sebastian Schuster, ‘knows immediately if a band is authentic or just tries to please them. The reaction of the audience is so important for our performance itself - we only can perform on our best level when we can feel that our music reaches them. So it’s a give and take and at the end of the day both musicians and audience should feel like they have had a very good conversation.’ His project - Seba Kaapstad - weaves together African and European musicians, producing an urban mix that is shaped by the multiple origins of the band members, combining R&B, Classical, Hip-Hop, Soul, African and Jazz, with space for every artist to bring their own musical expression to the mix.
Sebastian Schuster (bass - DE), Franziska Schuster (voice - DE), Zoë Modiga (voice), Ndumiso Manana (voice), Christoph Heckeler (piano - DE), Thomas Wörle (drums - DE)
Shane Cooper Collaboration (SA/CH/US-IL)
Shane Cooper was selected on bass for the Standard Bank National Schools’ Band in 2003 and ten years later was the Standard Bank Young Artist, showing the speed and diversity of his musical progress. He joins fellow SBYA winner Bokani Dyer and two phenomenal foreign musicians in a unique collaboration, sharing their compositions and ideas in this once-off performance. Each of them is involved in highly innovative projects within the contemporary jazz idiom and they will be exploring song forms that allow for deep improvisational journeys, with a modern groove sensibility as the bedrock, while freely drawing from genres outside of traditional jazz.
Shane Cooper (bass), Christoph Irniger (sax - CH), Bokani Dyer (piano), Ziv Ravitz (drums – US/IL)
Shannon Mowday, Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz in 2007, attended the very first SBNYJF in 1992 with her father, a woodwind teacher in Cape Town and she’s come a long way in the past 25 years! Highly skilled on all multiple woodwind instruments, she has specialised in baritone, bass sax and bass clarinet but has also become a renowned composer and arranger with a focus on combining South African and Scandinavian music styles. She has performed all around the world in many ensembles, and is presently a member of two top Scandinavian bands – Ensemble Denada and Nils Langren’s All-Star Big Band. Having strong female role models, she feels, is critical in encouraging young women to enter the jazz industry, which is why it is great to have her on stage tonight, sharing the stage with musicians with whom she has collaborated in Africa and Europe.
Shannon Mowday (sax), Jeroen van Vliet (piano – NL), Shane Cooper (bass), Torstein Lofthus (drums – NO)
Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band
The Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band consists of the top young school jazz musicians in the country. Under the musical direction of Kelly Bell – an experienced jazz trombonist and big band leader – the band performs material worked on over the five days of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival.
Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band
The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band presents a selection of the top young jazz musicians in the country between the ages of 19 and 25 years. This year the band is under the musical direction of renowned South African saxophonist, composer and arranger, Buddy Wells, who performs regularly at national and international jazz festivals and will be working hard with this group of young jazz players to put together a stellar programme that showcases the talent of today’s youth.
Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz I – Benjamin Jephta Sestet
This band has been together since Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2017 Benjamin Jephta recorded his debut album 'Homecoming' in 2014. In fact, this ensemble is a prime reason for his receipt of this prestigious award – if a 22-year-old bassist can command such musical presence that some of the country’s leading jazz innovators are prepared to “play in his band”, there must be something special coming through. Jephta has precocious talent, having performed since the age of 14 with various orchestras and small ensembles in Africa, Europe and Asia, and is a true veteran of Grahamstown, having attended the Jazz Festival since he was 15 and been selected for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band three times. His sound is clearly rooted in church and South African music and he hopes that, with every performance, a listener is given a musical biography of his life while also sending them on a journey of hope, upliftment and encouragement.
Benjamin Jephta (bass), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Kyle Shepherd (piano), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums)
Standard Bank Young Artist II – Benjamin Jephta presents 'Akoustik Elektrik'
Woodwind specialist Mike Rossi, Professor of Jazz at UCT, leads an excellent international collaboration, exploring the building block of all jazz musicians – the “Jazz Standard”. Born in the US to Italian emigrants and based in South Africa for the past 19 years, Rossihas performed with as diverse an array of musicians as the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Clark Terry, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin and Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi, and is perfectly qualified to lead this tribute to some of the jazz classics.
Mike Rossi (sax), Amanda Sedgwick (sax – SE), Fredrik Noren (trumpet – SE), Andreas Rotevatn (trombone – NO), Reza Khota (guitar), Prince Bulo (bass), Jonno Sweetman (drums)
The Kiffness & Matthew Gold
They packed out the DSG Hall last year, so we invited them back this year with a guest - vocalist Matthew Gold. Cape Town duo The Kiffness has rapidly become one of South Africa's favourite live electronic acts, producing jazzy, groovy house music and an exciting live show with a mix of uninhibited dancing, skilled live instrumentation and deep grooving house beats. Founder member Dave Scott first attended the Jazz Festival as a 13-year-old trumpeter and his musical partner this year, Raiven Hansmann, was in the Standard Bank National Schools’ Jazz Band in 2003 and 2004.
David Scott (production, keyboard, trumpet), Raiven Hansmann (saxophone, keyboard, synths), Matthew Gold (vocals)
This prize-winning a cappella group - originally from Soweto - mixes a dazzling combination of musical styles including township jazz, hip hop, Afro-Soul and Afro-Pop, with soulful vocal lines, percussive beat boxing, and deep bass lines, transporting listeners through a variety of musical textures, inventive vocal arrangements and beautiful renditions of the melodic verses embedded in each song. The group has toured internationally, including performances at the Apollo Theatre in New York and in Edinburgh and their most recent album includes a guest appearance by the Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo – a fine acknowledgement of The Soil’s a cappella prowess.
Buhle Mda (voice), Ntsika Ngxanga (voice), Luphindo Ngxanga (voice)
Tumi Mogorosi: Sanctum Sanctorium (SA/CH)
Sanctum Sanctorium is the pairing of SAMA Award nominee Tumi Mogorosi and Gabi Motuba, who team up on this occasion with renowned Swiss jazz pianist Malcolm Braff to produce a fusion of jazz and classical music. Added to the meditative sound are the Swiss cellist Daniel Pezzotti and German bassist Sebastian Schuster, creating a multinational collaboration that moves beyond the racialized spaces we so often inhabit – a form of musical decolonisation. This fascinating musical dialogue between musicians who share common spiritual convictions includes compositions Motuba penned as personal messages to her new-born daughter, creating an intensely intimate and relatable musical experience.
Tumi Mogorosi (drums), Gabi Motuba (voice), Malcolm Braff (piano – CH), Daniel Pezzotti (cello – CH), Sebastian Schuster (bass – DE)
Two by Two (SA/FR)
Two acclaimed voice-guitar duos from either side of the equator combine forces to present a fresh and unique musical collaboration. Deborah Tanguy (voice) and Olivier Cahours (guitar) from France join South Africans Amanda Tiffin (voice) and Dave Ledbetter (guitar, voice), playing a selection of jazz standards, South African classics, original compositions and songs from across the globe. Catch this double duo presenting their shared love for jazz and world music in a unique partnership that presents guitar and voice classics reworked and reimagined.
Amanda Tiffin (voice), Deborah Tanguy (voice – FR), Dave Ledbetter (guitar), Olivier Cahours (guitar - FR)
UCT Big Band
The University of Cape Town Big Band presents a Centenary Tribute to Jazz icon John Birks "Dizzy” Gillespie, conducted by Professor Mike Rossi. Many of Dizzy Gillespie’s well-known works will be performed, including premieres of Jazz @ Lincoln Center arrangement of New York, A Night in Tunisia, Oop Bop Sh’Bam, Things To Come and If You Can See Me Now.
A celebration of school and university jazz choirs and vocal soloists from around the country, supported by professional jazz musicians and co-ordinated by the highly-experienced Amanda Tiffin, head of Vocal Jazz at UCT and Paris-based singer and teacher, Deborah Tanguy.
Zenzi Makeba Lee
The last time Zenzi Makeba Lee performed in Grahamstown was with her grandmother, the world famous “Mama Africa” – Miriam Makeba. That performance decades ago has stuck in her mind as special: “There was,” she says, “such a vibe in Grahamstown and an appreciation of Jazz as art”. Born in New York, young Zenzi grew up surrounded by music, singing as backing vocalist for her grandmother, Hugh Masekela and Dizzy Gillespie, and then studying at the Manhattan School of Music, majoring in composition and vocals. She received a KORA Award for “Most Promising Female Artist” and as a prolific composer she has contributed towards several internationally awarded albums, such as her co-written songs for Miriam Makeba’s Grammy Award-nominated album “Homeland”. She continues to record and perform internationally and in March this year released her latest album, entitled ‘Wipe Your Tears’, to critical acclaim.
Zenzi Makeba Lee (voice), Afrika Mkhize (piano), Michael Phillips (bass), Leagan Breda (drums), Lindelani Lee (percussion)
Zenzi Makeba Lee & Afrika Mkhize
You don’t get a more aristocratic South African jazz pedigree than the marriage – personal and musical – between the granddaughter of Miriam Makeba and the son of Themba Mkhize. And Zenzi Makeba Lee and Afrika Mkhize have carried the family musical torch further, with Zenzi a well-respected vocalist with a career forged in New York and Afrika the mercurial winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz in 2012 with a prolific record of performance, composition and production. The Standard Bank Jazz Café will be a very pleasant place to be for late Friday night jazz!
Zenzi Makeba Lee (voice), Afrika Mkhize (piano), Michael Phillips (bass), Leagan Breda (drums), Lindelani Lee (percussion)
Zoë Modiga presents “Yellow: the Novel”
Zoë Modiga has only just turned 23, but the power and precision of her voice have already generated a long list of achievements, from multiple selections for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band to winning the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition to reaching the Top 8 of The Voice SA, Season 1. Equally comfortable in House, Indie, Pop and Jazz, she’s the full performance package, with a commanding stage presence and convincing vocal execution that leaves no doubt that she is one of South Africa’s rarest vocal talents, destined for stardom. She is joined by a list of the top young jazz musicians in the country, all of whom are also alumni of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band.
Zoë Modiga (voice), Bokani Dyer (piano), Robin Fassie-Kock (trumpet), Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Marlon Witbooi (drums)
The Wizards (SA/NL)
There has been a long and fruitful jazz relationship between South Africa and The Netherlands, with some beautiful collaborations emerging over the years. A central collaborator over the past two decades has been pianist Jeroen van Vliet, who has worked with many South Africans, touring and recording with them here and in Europe. He and guitarist Anton Goudsmit have both won the top jazz awards bestowed on Dutch musicians, and it is fitting that they team up in Grahamstown with equally recognised South Africans – Standard Bank Young Artists Mark Fransman and Kesivan Naidoo and one of our most creative and independent composers and musicians, Carlo Mombelli. All are leaders of their own bands and are outspoken in refusing to follow mainstream conventions, producing music that is personal, expressive, energetic, moody, beautiful and everything in between. It is not for nothing that we called this The Wizards!
Mark Fransman (sax), Jeroen van Vliet (piano - NL), Anton Goudsmit (guitar - NL), Carlo Mombelli (bass), Kesivan Naidoo (drums)
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