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SAJE celebrates its 25th anniversary, Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day from 28-30 April at the Reeler Theatre in Cape Town.
International Jazz Day will be celebrated on Sunday 30 April and is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as JAM), which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.
The South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE) Jazz Festival is a biennial event focusing on performance, workshops, jazz education, skills and audience development. It offers a unique forum for musicians, educators and teachers, jazz fans, students and learners, to engage with the latest sounds and ideas in jazz. Along with workshops, performances and industry displays, there will be opportunities for discussion, information exchange, and networking.
The SAJE Jazz Festival line-up will appeal to jazz lovers across all demographics – giving everyone the opportunity to attend a concert or workshop. This year the Festival offers an exciting line-up of South African jazz musicians and educators – including The Bokani Dyer Trio featuring pianist Bokani Dyer (Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2011), bassist Romy Brauteseth and drummer Sphelelo Mazibuko, also bassist Carlo Mombelli and pianist Kyle Shepherd (Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2014), guitarist Mageshen Naidoo and pianist Roland Moses, vocalist Amanda Tiffin and guitarist David Ledbetter, the UCT Jazz Voices, and the UCT Big Band conducted by Mike Rossi. International guests include guitarist Roberto Zechini (Italy), trumpeter Gordon Vernick (USA) and accordionist Guilherme Ribeiro (Brazil).
Friday 28 April at 8.00pm – Best of SA Jazz
CARLO MOMBELLI with Kyle Shepherd plus the BOKANI DYER TRIO
Saturday 29 April at 8.00pm: Big Bands and Jazz Voices
Rondebosch Boys’ High Big Band, UCT Jazz Voices and the UCT Big Band featuring US trumpeter Gordon Vernick
Sunday 30 April at 5.30pm: International Jazz Day
Mageshen Naidoo Quintet, International Guitar Trio and Latin Jazz Trio
The 5th SAJE Jazz Festival is open to everyone. There is much to see and hear – audiences can enjoy concerts, workshops and industry displays. Workshops on Saturday 29 April will include: effective use of smart phones and iPads in music education, a vocal masterclass by Nicky Schrire, a bass workshop by Carlo Mombelli, a workshop on South African jazz by pianist Bokani Dyer, a workshop on pedals and effects, Brazilian music and Brass, among others. Musicraft will offer on-site repairs, advice and a display. Financial assistance is available for those wanting to attend the workshops.
There will be a free lunch-hour concert on Saturday 29 April featuring three visiting Italian jazz musicians and two South African jazz musicians who spent time studying in Italy in 2015 and 2016. This forms part of an ongoing SAJE cultural exchange project between Arcevia, Italy and Cape Town, South Africa.