Carlo Mombelli was selected to coach and direct the newly selected Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band 2016, announced as part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival that runs during the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, part of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
The Youth Jazz band played some incredibly challenging pieces composed by Carlo Mombelli, and left the audience with absolutely no doubt that the future of South African jazz is in good hands.
The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band announced at this year’s festival comprises:
Godfrey Mntambo on Alto Sax from Wits
Tami Mahlangu on Tenor Sax from TUT
Marco Maritz on Trumpet from UCT
Elizabeth Gaylord on Piano from UCT
Nicholas Pitman from UKZN plays Guitar
Dalisu Ndlazi on Bass
Riley Giandhari on Drums from UKZN
and lastly on Voice: Callandra Youngleson from Wits.
Both the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, and the Standard Bank National Schools Jazz Band will be featured in performances at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival in Sandton, in September 2016.