Newsletter of the South African Association for Jazz Education
Number 32, May 2013. EDITOR: Diane Rossi. CONTACT: [email protected]
South African Association
for Jazz Education
Mission Statement: The Mission of the South African Association for Jazz Education is to assure the
growth of jazz in South Africa and the development of jazz and jazz education in urban and rural areas.
SAJE is also dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting skills
development and performance and developing new audiences.
Massimo Morganti
Jazz educator/trombonist from Italy
SAJE cultural exchange project
Page 3
SAJE jazz empowerment workshop
Dr Gordon Vernick – from Georgia State University, USA
Page 3
Shane Cooper
2013 Standard Bank Young Jazz
Pages 8-9
Message from the President – page 2
SAJE News – page 3
3rd SAJE Jazz Festival, Durban - page 4
CD releases, UCT news - page 4
CT Big Band Jazz Festival – page 5
A Journey into Jazz – pages 6- 7
JazzCats – page 7
Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival – page 8-9
Standard Bank JOY OF JAZZ – page 9
News from UNISA – page 10
MUSICRAFT and Editor’s recommendations – page 11
SAJE Membership info – page 12
21 May 2013
Dear SAJE Family and Friends,
Once again it gives me great pleasure to write to you and say thank you for your ongoing efforts in
jazz and jazz education throughout South Africa. There are so many wonderful things happening in
every province which IS having a positive impact on the youth and development of jazz in this
country. SAJE is striving to connect to all across this diverse nation and with our SAJE Jazz Festival
taking place in Durban this coming September. I look forward to welcoming each of you to this
wonderful city that has been a cornerstone in terms of the formation and development of jazz in
South Africa with the first degree program launched at UKZN in 1983 under the care of Darius
Brubeck. UKZN over the years has hosted many successful SAJE Conferences and I’m sure this year
will be no exception. It is also encouraging to see the recent success of the UNISA International Jazz
School in Pretoria under the direction of Dr. Mageshen Naidoo; this is slated to take place again in
2014. Along with the Standard Bank National Jazz Festival in Grahamstown now in its 21st year, and
an active jazz environment in the Western Cape, we are witnessing the continued growth of jazz and
jazz education across the country. This is something we can all be proud of and at the “end of the
day” the overall level of jazz and those coming through the various centres of jazz education are on
a continued upward spiral of development. Opportunities not thought of just 3 to 4 years ago are
now realities, with graduates finding employment locally and internationally throughout the jazz
industry. Jazz and Jazz Education in South Africa and overseas is now the focus of the 2014 IASJ
Meeting which will be held at UCT in late June 2014. Top performers and educators from over 30
counties will attend this meeting under the artistic direction of NEA Jazz Master David Liebman.
Please make every effort to become involved with the IASJ and please plan to attend the 2014 IASJ
Meeting in Cape Town.
I invite all members to please attend the 3rd SAJE Jazz Festival in Durban 13-15 September at the
University of Kwazulu-Natal. There is already an exciting line up planned with a host of top South
African jazz talent and important overseas jazz educators and performers. Please contact Diane Rossi
at [email protected] for further details.
Heartfelt thanks to all involved with jazz and jazz education for your tremendous efforts in keeping
the music we love – jazz - as a creative and positive life force among young and old.
My kindest regards,
Mike Rossi
SAJE President
2012-2014 SAJE Executive Board
President: Mike Rossi (UCT)
Vice President: Mageshen Naidoo (Unisa)
Secretary: Ann Barr (CTBBJF)
Treasurer: Diane Rossi
International Rep: Paul Sedres
Board Members (2012-2014)
Mike Campbell (UCT)
Marc Duby (UNISA)
Neil Gonsalves (UKZN)
Karen Devroop (UNISA)
Nick Carter
Thulile Zama (UKZN)
Suli Moosa
Ronel Nagfaal (Groote Schuur High)
David Bass
Eric Alan (All Jazz Radio)
Alan Webster NYJF (ex-officio)
Darius Brubeck (ex-officio)
Contact SAJE
Diane Rossi
PO Box 175, Observatory 7935
Cell: 082-515-7051
Email:[email protected]
IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz)
Dr Mageshen Naidoo (SAJE Vice-President) and Diane Rossi (SAJE Treasurer) will attend the 2013
IASJ Jazz Meeting in Denmark 29 June - 5 July. Both Swinging Europe in Herning and the Royal
Academy of Music in Aarhus are the hosts. It is the second time the IASJ Jazz Meeting is hosted
by a school of jazz in Denmark.
2013 participating jazz schools: Israel, USA, Portugal, Estonia, Austria, Brazil, Greece, Ireland,
Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Japan, Italy and Denmark.
Please visit for more information.
• The 2014 IASJ Meeting will be hosted by UCT and SAJE in Cape Town in late June.
SOUTH AFRICA - ITALY: SAJE 2013 cultural exchange project:
The first SAJE International Cultural Exchange Project in conjunction with the Arcevia Jazz Feast and UCT
(an initiative of Prof Mike Rossi) saw Vuyo Sotashe (voice) and Siya Charles (trombone) both from the UCT Jazz
Studies Dept, spend 3 weeks in Italy during July and August 2012 on a cultural exchange bursary. They studied,
performed, travelled and soaked up the fabulous Italian culture. Two Italian jazz students – Francesca Biancoli
(voice) and Riccardo Traselli (bass) spent 3 weeks in Cape Town on a similar bursary.
This year the two recipients (UCT Jazz Studies) of the cultural exchange bursary are Benjamin Jephta (bass)
and Marlon Witbooi (drums) who will spend 3 weeks in Italy during July and August.
We look forward to hosting Italian students Francesco Cangi (trombone) and Nico Tangherlini (piano) who
will spend 3 weeks in Cape Town during August this year – also on a cultural exchange bursary sponsored by
the Arcevia Jazz Feast, ITALY and in part by SAJE.
They will be accompanied by jazz educator Massimo Morganti (trombone) who
teaches jazz trombone and big band at the G.B. Martini Conservatory in Bologna as
well as jazz trombone at the L. D'Annunzio Conservatory in Pescara.
Mr Morganti is also the director of the Colours Jazz Orchestra which he founded in
2005. The repertoire of the orchestra mainly focuses on the music of Maria
Schneider, Kenny Wheeler and Ayn Insert.
Many thanks to the Italian Consul Edoardo Vitali, the Dante Alighieri Society in Cape
Town and the UCT Jazz Faculty and students for all their assistance.
Visit the SAJE website and the Arcevia Jazz Feast for more information.
2012-2013 SAJE Jazz Empowerment Project: Education through workshops:
This is an SAJE outreach project to junior and high schools in the Western Cape, sponsored by a generous grant from the
Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. Professional Cape and visiting jazz musicians and educators
provide ongoing jazz empowerment workshops for students from a variety of backgrounds. This year the teachers have
included Gordon Vernick and Feya Faku (trumpet), Deborah Tanguy (vocals), Joe Lovano, Mike Rossi and Dan Shout
(saxophone), Romy Brauteseth and Shaun Johannes (bass), and Frank Paco (drums).
Dr Gordon Vernick (USA) at Heathfield High
Feya Faku and Deborah Tanguy
Deborah Tanguy (France) at iThemba Preschool
Dan Shout and Romy Brauteseth
The 3rd SAJE Jazz Festival
will be held in Durban from 13-15 September 2013
at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at UKZN
and at other jazz venues in and around Durban.
Some of this year’s participants include: Dutch pianist Mike del Ferro, vocalist Nicky Schrire,
Dennis Tini and Russ Miller from the USA, Kamil Erdem from Turkey, Deborah Tanguy from
France, as well as musicians and students from Mamelodi, East London, Durban and Cape
Town, and jazz educators from UCT, UNISA, and UKZN.
Grateful thanks to our sponsors: the SAMRO Foundation, Business and
Arts South Africa (BASA) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
For more information please visit the SAJE Facebook page,
or the SAJE website: or email: [email protected]
On SAfm 104-107 on 26 May and 2 June Nigel Vermaas will be weaving the stories, theories and discussions
surrounding the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013 into a two-part documentary: from the early
drumming memories of Joe Lovano and Louis Moholo - Moholo to the spiritual journey of Ibrahim Khalil Shihab;
from the veteran Jack de Johnette to the young exciting talent of singer Gregory Porter.
And there'll be questions - such as: Do we still need struggle songs? Are churches the new jazz clubs?
♫ Editor: Listen to it on SAfm 104-107 - 26 May and 2 June at 2.30 p.m.
Trespassing Permitted
Recorded in Cape Town, December 2012
Mike Rossi – saxophones, Lee Thomson – trumpet
William Haubrich – trombone, Andrew Ford – piano
Wesley Rustin – bass, Kesivan Naidoo – drums
WAM TRIO featuring Mike Rossi
Recorded in Cupramarittima, Italy, August 2012
Antonia de Angelis – vocals, Walter Pignotti – guitar
Emiliano Macrini – bass, Mike Rossi – saxophone
Wednesday 29 May 2013 at THE MAHOGANY ROOM, Cape Town Bookings 076-679-2697
The annual SACM Jazz Festival: 3 - 5 October 2013 at 8.15pm
Chisholm Recital Room, SA College of Music, Lower Campus, UCT
This annual SACM Jazz Festival features the UCT Big Band and other groups from the jazz programme,
as well as staff members Mike Campbell, Andrew Lilley, Mike Rossi, Amanda Tiffin, Darryl
Andrews and Jason Reolon.
Prices per evening: R55 / UCT Staff: R50
Senior citizens and students: R40 / Learners: R30
Book at Computicket or at the door
Who would have thought that a one night fundraising event for a community project would have
turned into a 4 night jam packed Big Band Festival with 24 big bands taking part.
My late husband Dennis devised the Big Band Jazz Festival and I am sure he would have been
overwhelmed if he had realised that after 15 years the Festival would be growing from strength to
strength. Or otherwise he did realise and wanted to leave a legacy for the community or to keep
me busy and out of mischief!
This year sees the inaugural performance of big bands from Pridwin Preparatory School, Gauteng,
St. Josephs Marist College Jazz Band, Rondebosch and the Omega Jazz Band, which is a community
based project in Manenberg. Rondebosch Boys’ Senior School will be showcasing two big bands as
well as Bergvliet High School and SACS High.
Two of the initiatives that the Festival supports are at Ned Doman Secondary School, Athlone and
Manenberg High School. The Festival has purchased for both schools a set of marimba and sponsors
Garth Adams from amaAmbush to undertake lessons once a week. Both schools excelled recently
in the Cape Town Marimba Festival, which is organised by the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival,
whereupon they received standing ovations. Very commendable considering they have only been
playing for a short period of time. The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival also supports both schools with the Steelband Project run by
David Wickham, he visits the schools once a week for steelpan lessons.
Two visiting musicians from the UK will be joining us at the Festival this year.
Ian Darrington MBE. Ian was Director of Jazz Performance for Wigan Council Education Department from 1977 until March 2011.
Whilst working for Wigan he had special responsibility for jazz education, having joined their instrumental teaching staff in September
1977. Ian was educated at Dudley College of Education, Huddersfield Polytechnic and Bretton Hall College of Education.
He is the founder and director of the Wigan International Jazz Festival, now in its twenty-sixth year and co-founder of the Wigan Jazz
Club now in its twenty-eighth year. He was also musical director of the award winning Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, a post he held for
over thirty years. Through his work with the Orchestra he toured France, USA (five times) Hong Kong, British Columbia, Poland, Ireland,
Czechoslovakia, South Africa, the Faroe Islands, Hungary, Israel, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Australia and Romania.
In April 2011, after 35 years of working for Wigan Council & Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, Ian took early retirement. Within a few weeks
of retiring he began managing the work of Yorkshire born vocalist, songwriter and saxophonist AJ Brown, something that quickly
developed into an almost full time job.
AJ Brown This young, Halifax (Yorkshire) born singer – songwriter – saxophonist has embraced the world of music and jazz in
particular, through listening to greats such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Dean Martin, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald,
Mel Tormé, Diana Krall and Michael Bublé.
Picking up the alto saxophone at a very early age, AJ first played with the Calderdale Youth Big Band & later with the Wigan Youth Jazz
Orchestra under the musical direction of Ian Darrington. After leaving school AJ spent three years studying at Leeds College of Music,
where he played and sang with the College Big Band.
In July 2011, the launch of AJ’s debut album ‘On Song’ (Gateway Records GW 016) during the Wigan International Jazz Festival,
coincided with the launch of his career as a professional musician. Since then he has become a ‘much in-demand’ performer with
requests to appear throughout the UK. Performances have included Southport Melodic Jazz Club’s ‘Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend’
Festival, Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues Club, Boston Spa Jazz Club, Cork International Jazz Festival, Wigan International Jazz Festival, Wigan
Jazz Club, Bert’s Jazz Bar Belfast and a large number of corporate functions, parties, weddings etc.
During their visit Ian and AJ will be hosting workshops at various schools as well as performing with the Alumni Big Band.
Wednesday 29 May: Pinelands Jazz Band, Omega Big Band, Stellenbosch Youth Jazz Band, Beau Soleil Music Centre, St Joseph’s Marist
College Jazz Band, Delft Big Band
Thursday 30 May: King David Jazz Band (Johannesburg), Westerford High Big Band, Rondebosch Boys’ High School Junior Jazz Band,
Wynberg Boys’ High School Big Band, Little Giants, Rondebosch Boys’ High School Senior Jazz Band
Friday 31 May: Bergvliet High J2, Heathfield High School Jazz Band, Wynberg Girls’ High School Big Band, Rustenburg High School for
Girls’ Jazz Band, Bergvliet High Jazz Band, UCT Big Band
Saturday 1 June: SACS Junior School Jazz Band, Sans Souci Jazz Cats, Pridwin P'zazz Jazz Band (Johannesburg), SACS High School Junior
Jazz Band, SACS High School Senior Jazz Band, Alumni Big Band.
The following musicians will be participating in the Alumni Big Band: Dan Shout, Harlene Veotte, Marc de Kock, Simon Bates, Mike
Rossi, Ian Darrington (UK), Ian Smith, Jody Engelbrech, Stigue Nel, Willy Haubrich, Nick Green, Kelly Bell, Siya Charles, Shaun Johannes,
Darryl Andrews , Andrew Ford, Adam Coolsaet, Melanie Scholtz, AJ Brown (UK), Conductor Mike Campbell.
Tickets are R90 adults, (R320 for all four performances) and R45 for Seniors/Scholars/Students.
Book through Computicket – 0861 915 8000
Further queries contact Ann Barr, email [email protected] or 082 451 3696.
A journey into jazz by David Alston
Flashback to 1947, when a somewhat reluctant 11-year old is carted off to see a live production of ‘Oklahoma’ at the old
Alhambra Theatre in Cape Town. From the opening scene, when Curly proclaims what a beautiful morning it is, I am
transfixed, not so much by the ‘overseas principals’ cavorting about the stage as the magical sounds emanating from the
orchestra pit. A closer inspection during the interval reveals the source of the real excitement: the drummer, whose kit is
adorned with the cymbals, cowbells and woodblocks that transported me instantly to the prairie – and who was also
responsible for the shot that killed Poor Judd.
‘Annie get your Gun’, which followed shortly after, cemented my longing to play in pit orchestras and started a lifelong
addiction, not only to The Great American Songbook, but more particularly to jazz, although this only took hold properly at
High School. Following further visits to ‘Oklahoma’ at my insistence, my parents, displaying remarkable broadmindedness
for a couple brought up on an exclusive diet of classics, bowed to enormous pressure and bought me my first set of drums
(with a lavatory ballcock serving as a not-very-adequate substitute for the cowbells).
I flailed valiantly away at home during my prep schools years, accompanying 78s played on a wind-up His Master’s Voice
gramophone, in competition with the likes of ‘The Rustle of Spring’ emanating from my mother’s baby grand. Eventually I
was sent 700kms away to boarding school leaving Bach, Beethoven and Brahms to get the upper hand on a very much
quieter home front. But with the formation of the school’s first jazz band – piano, tea-chest bass, violin, piano accordion
and me on drums complete with a Whole Live Conductor – the addiction continued. Calling ourselves The Jazz Revellers,
with an appropriate picture painted on the bass drum, we played a succession of school dances, our signature tune (and
the only one we really knew) being ‘In the Mood’, which having regard to the line up, understandably bore very little
resemblance to Glenn Miller’s classic.
Following our ‘High School Musical’ triumphs (although disappointed at the lack of groupies throwing themselves at us), it
was time to leave secondary education behind to the relief of my housemaster (“a nice enough boy, but playing in a jazz
band is really of very little importance”). Undeterred, I then bought my first jazz book, a tome by a certain Rex Harris, who
was so wedded to the New Orleans style – a front line of trumpet, trombone and clarinet -- that he refused to accept the
invention of the saxophone. Not knowing any better at the time, I spent my ‘gap year’ in London, feverishly buying up 78s
from Rex’s recommended list at Charing Cross Road jazz shops, and furtively listening to them in my room at my maiden
aunt’s house on Boar’s Hill outside Oxford. What she made of the likes of ‘Fidetgy Feet’ by The New Orleans Kings or
‘Creole Stomp’ by Jelly Roll Morton I shudder to think, but for me it did provide welcome relief from occasional sherry
parties with the Vicar. So did other stolen moments tuning in to BBC Jazz Club broadcasts and discovering that not only
had the saxophone been invented but that it was capable of producing some very beautiful sounds.
Arriving back in Cape Town to study law in 1955, I found the campus a hive of jazz activity and quickly took up with the
legendary Chris Mcgregor of ‘Blue Notes’ and subsequently ‘Brotherhood of Breath’ fame. Although he had yet to stretch
his considerable composing and playing talents, our impromptu gigs after practising intervarsity songs in Jamieson Hall
cemented my love for the genre. I began to see my degree slipping away if I were to try to keep up with him, however,
and with mutual relief we eventually parted company.
It was about this time that the first ‘Long Playing Records’ came onto the market, my most treasured possession being a
double disc of Benny Goodman’s famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert. This was devoured almost note by note and I
even contrived to learn the sleeve notes off by heart to the intense annoyance of friends who were mystified by such
phrases as: “The boys dispersed all over town to cool off, racehorse fashion”, and “Too bad somebody didn’t record the
whole thing” – “somebody did” which I trotted out at singularly inappropriate moments.
Meanwhile, with the Bop era getting into full swing in America, every import of recordings by the likes of Charlie Parker
and Clifford Brown were snapped up like gold, and formidable local talents such as Morris Goldberg and Cecil Ricca blew
up a storm of the new music at places such as the Naaz in Woodstock. This was also the time that ‘King Kong’ came to
town and many delirious hours were spent pursuing Kippie Moketsi and Mackay Davashe all over town to clandestine
clubs where the ‘aftershow’ sessions took place, conveniently ignoring all the draconian laws prevailing in the late fifties
that were supposed to prevent ‘interaction’ between race groups.
While I was still gigging around surreptitiously while attempting to compete my studies, a chance meeting with the great
pianist Tony Schilder – while playing a rock and roll ‘engagement’ at the Fish Hoek Town Hall -- led to the formation of a
fairly regular trio, rounded out by Joe Colussi on bass. We played some extraordinary places, including ‘The Bish’ at Hout
Bay where we sometimes entertained crowds of three or four dancers and felt almost (but not quite) guilty at taking the
princely sum of R2:50 per night each off the hapless proprietor, who somehow remained ever-optimistic that full houses
were just around the corner.
Best of all was a lengthy stint at The Zambesi – owned by a certain Abie Hurok -- in Hanover Street in the heart of a then
very vibrant District Six, where we could play what we liked in return for a meagre wage and dinner, which normally
appeared to resemble something along the lines of Curried Elephants’ Feet. This venue also gave rise to a memorable
incident, when we returned to my father’s 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster -- which took us to and from all our gigs with the
bass miraculously fitting inside the car – to find my drums had been stolen. On reporting the matter to the Woodstock
Police Station, the desk sergeant looked at me for a long time and said: ‘What kind of drums, sonny, peetrel drums?’
Collapse of all parties.
And so, having obtained a somewhat shaky degree in the teeth of all this musical extra-mural activity, there was nowhere
else to go in search of the Holy Grail but London. With the ban on American musicians visiting the UK having been recently
lifted, a great deal of live jazz could be heard everywhere. After jumping the queue at the famous 100 Oxford Street by
saying we’d travelled 6 000 miles just to hear jazz (which was almost true), my first memory is of Anita O’Day, high as a kite
but still singing up a storm with pianist Dudley Moore, whose impish face and demeanour belied an enormous talent. And
best of all, at Ronnie Scott’s legendary Jazz Club in Wardour Street, we unearthed pianist Oscar Petersen, swinging like a
gate for 90 minutes which felt like five.
But all good things etc etc, and returning to South Africa in search of the fame and fortune which had eluded me so far, I
found that Tony had gone on to better things as a solo pianist, and Joe had emigrated to Canada. With a musical career
thus snuffed out, I emigrated to Johannesburg, hung up my sticks as family responsibilities got the upper hand, and settled
for a proper day job, with occasional visits to The Radium Beer Hall in Orange Grove, where a Big Band still kicked out the
sounds I loved on the first Sunday of every month.
Luckily, the day job entailed occasional overseas travel and piggybacking on a conference in Rio Janeiro in 1977 we
traveled on to New Orleans and then New York to rediscover the roots of jazz. The ghost of Rex Harris still lingered over
Preservation Hall in New Orleans, where some aged creators of the original sound could still be heard struggling through
the standards of yesteryear, but New York was a different experience altogether. On phoning the Village Vanguard –
another Holy Grail -- the first night we were there to find out what time the band started playing a gruff voice answered:
“Dey bounce at ten-toity” – we knew without doubt we had arrived in Damon Runyon territory. When “ten-toity” arrived
we were seated under the pianist’s nose and really had our socks blown off by the artistry of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis
Jazz Orchestra.
So what is the magic in this music that has drawn me to listen to it constantly over the years? There are many words that
spring to mind when listening to a jazz piece that stays in the memory long after the last notes have died away:
excitement, passion, swing, colour, intensity….. the list could go on, but perhaps the word that captures the essence of the
music is feeling -- the trademark of all the great soloists and singers -- since its birth in the American South at the turn of
the century.
It took a long time for jazz to be recognised as an art form, as it slowly worked its way up the Mississippi to Kansas City,
Chicago and New York, against a historical background where black musicians were not only discriminated against but
sometimes appallingly treated. But for all the hardships they endured, the great jazzmen were always able to surmount
these difficulties and by expressing their multi-faceted feelings through improvisation, leave a legacy of music that is still
It was Art Blakey, whose Jazz Messengers Quintet was a spawning ground for many of the rising bop stars of the early
sixties, fuelled by his explosive drumming, who often told his audiences: “Music is supposed to wash away the dust of
everyday life from your feet.” It’s still doing that for me sixty years on.
JAZZ CATS REPORT: SAJE NEWSLETTER - Eloise Jurgens: Head of Music
Sans Souci Girls’ High School is an all-girls school, nestled in the heart of Newlands, Cape Town and their jazz band, known
as “The Jazz Cats”, has been very busy this year. They started the year off with a bang, giving a great live performance on
the TV show, Hectic Nine-9 for the finale of their Inter-Schools Week. The Jazz Cats also performed at Wynberg Boys’ High
School’s “Night of the Stars”, an event that they have participated in, since its inception seven years ago.
On the 16th of March, Sans Souci was fortunate enough to acquire a brand new baritone saxophone, which was presented
to the Music Department during the Peace Mass Choir concert. In 2012, they won R10 000.00 in a competition at the Grand
West Arena, and this prize money, together with the sponsorship from the non-profit organisation, Musiquelaine, made this
purchase possible.
On the 23rd of March, the Jazz Cats performed at the Waterfront Amphitheatre in the Battle of the Bands
competition. In the second term, the Jazz Cats participated in the FACETS competition, which has been
hosted by Sans Souci for over ten years. The musical standard was very high, and the Jazz Cats were
awarded second place, achieving a mark of 89%.
They will be performing at the Cape Town Eisteddfod on Saturday 18th May, and have once again been
invited to perform at the annual South African Principal’s Conference to be held on Saturday 25th May.
An exciting event that the Jazz Cats look forward to every year is performing at the Cape TownBig Band
Jazz Festival, held at the Baxter Theatre. They have performed at this prestigious event annually for over
ten years, and this year they will be performing on Saturday 1st of June.
The annual Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival (SBNYJF) takes place in Grahamstown, South Africa, from 26 June to 2 July,
drawing the cream of young jazz players from around the country. The festival, which runs at the same time as the National Arts
Festival, started with 43 students and three teachers in 1992 on the campus of the Diocesan School for Girls, and last year attracted
just fewer than 600 applications from students from all over South Africa, along with 50 teachers, 80 lecturers and performers and 30
administrative staff.
The principle intention of the SBNYJF is educational: to provide a forum for young jazz players from around the country to come
together and improve their jazz knowledge and skills through interaction with their peers and some of the top professional jazz
performers and educators in the country and abroad.
The SBNYJF runs from Wednesday 26 June (15h00) to Tuesday 2 July (08h00) at the Music School of the Diocesan School for Girls
(DSG), Worcester Street, Grahamstown.
Each course participant will have the chance to:
• play in a big band format every morning or attend vocal workshops
• attend workshops on aspects of jazz history, theory, composition, improvisation, as well as instrumental clinics
• listen to some of the best live jazz in South Africa each night in the DSG Hall. Course participants will have free entry to shows
on the main stage!
• interact with musicians, teachers and students from around the world
• join in with the jam sessions every night
The daily programme will be full of jazz teaching and performance, and will be incredibly worthwhile if students and teachers take full
advantage of it. Each participant will be placed in a Big Band of mixed ability for a practice each day, and will attend three daily
electives, to be chosen at the SBNYJF. All participants will also perform on the Festival Fringe. All performances on the SBNYJF are free
for participants, though there is limited seating for some of the performances, and not all students will get into all shows. The day in
outline will be as follows:
Big Band/Vocal rehearsals
Electives – a wide choice of jazz-related workshops
Electives/Lunch-time gigs
SBNYJF internal performance
Gig on Main Jazz Festival - Hall
Gig on Main Jazz Festival - Auditorium
Gig on Main Jazz Festival - Hall
Gig on Main Jazz Festival - Auditorium
Gig on Main Jazz Festival – Hall
Gig or Jam Session – Auditorium
The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band – NYJB (26 and under on 1/1/13) will be conducted by Marcus Wyatt. All students
auditioning for the NYJB must prepare a piece indicating their technical virtuosity on their instrument, and will perform some sightreading, as well as jazz improvisation in a small ensemble playing arrangements provided on the day of the audition.
Those auditioning for the NYJB will be assessed by a single small audition panel throughout the day on Thursday 27 June looking for
musical skills at an advanced level. Students auditioning for the NYJB are required to be able to read music. Anyone auditioning for the
National Youth Jazz Band will also need to be available for the following gigs: Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival 21-25 August.
The Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band – NSBB (18 and under on 1/1/13 and at school) will be conducted by Dr Ian Darrington
(UK). Students who have been selected at the regional auditions in May to advance to the Grahamstown auditions will all be assessed
by a single small audition panel throughout the day on Thursday 27 June, and will be assessed on ensemble sensitivity, jazz musicality,
tone quality, technical ability, reading skills and improvisational creativity.
Vocalists must prepare a piece of their choice (bring piano accompaniment if necessary).
Kevin Gibson, Kesivan Naidoo, Jonno Sweetman, Lloyd Martin, Ayanda Sikade, Ronan Skillen, Hakon Johanesen
(Norway), Felix Schlarmann (Holland)
Shaun Johannes, Shane Cooper, Carlo Mombelli, Wesley Rustin, Romy Brauteseth, Nick Williams, Magne
Thormosaeter (Norway), Hein van de Geyn (Holland), Thomas Rolff (Holland)
Andrew Lilley, Jason Reolon, Bokani Dyer, Nduduzo Makhathini, Makeson Brown, Kyle Shepherd, Malcolm
Braff (Swiss), Laurent Coq (France), Svein Olav Herstad (Norway), Jeroen van Vliet (Holland)
Folkert Oosterbeeck (Holland)
David Ledbetter, Gorm Helfjord, Ola Bengtsson (Sweden), Ralph Lavital (France)
Brian Thusi, Marcus Wyatt, Lee Thomson, Sydney Mavundla, Neil Engel, Adam Howard, Ian Darrington (UK),
Bruce Cassidy (Canada), Marius Haltli (Norway)
John Davies, William Haubrich, Justin Sasman, Steve Turre (US), Andreas Tschopp (Swiss), Erik Johanessen
Rus Nerwich, Dan Shout, Marc de Kock, Mike Rossi, Justin Bellairs, Marc Stucki (Swiss), Mark Ginsberg
(Australia), Atle Nymo (Norway), Maarten Hogenhuis (Holland)
Natalie Rungan, Nash Reed, Denver Turner (MC), Paulien van Schaik (Holland), Justin Binek (US), AJ Brown
(UK), Nicolas Pélage (France)
All of the performers will also be teaching, and there will be additional staff assisting with the teaching programme. There may be a
change in the personnel above before the festival.
Bruce Cassidy
Paulien van Schaik
Shane Cooper
Malcolm Braff
Steve Turre
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is held annually in the Newtown Cultural Precinct in Johannesburg during the last weekend of August.
The Joy of Jazz is South Africa’s oldest jazz festival. Standard Bank is the headline sponsor for the event. You can hear straight up jazz,
the various African jazz sounds – kwela, juju and marabi; European folk, avant-garde jazz, R & B, hip-hop, acid jazz, world music and
everything in between and around. The artist line-up is world-class, featuring the best jazz musicians from South Africa, the rest of the
African continent, the Americas, Europe and Asia.
The list of stars who have performed in previous years include Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sadao Watanabe,
Dianne Reeves, The Count Basie Orchestra, Keiko Matsui, Tania Maria, Poncho Sanchez, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Earl Klugh, Jimmy
Dludlu, Manu Dibangu, Thandiswa Mazwai, Dee Dee Bridgwater, Rahsaan Patterson, Lala Hathaway, Stacey Kent, Annie Whitehead, Fra
Fra Sound and many more.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz also hosts several related events alongside the festival, such events include: music development
workshops, a jazz camp for high school learners, a sector discussion about a pertinent feature of the arts and entertainment industry,
community outreach concerts, a Jazz Honours evening, and a golf day.
Shows take place on six (pay to view) stages while free shows can also be experienced at existing Newtown establishments such as:
Sophiatown, Shikisha, and Nikki’s Oasis. A purposeful development programme is implemented as an integral part of the Joy of Jazz.
Workshops for music students are conducted by leading artists and technicians. This project is run in conjunction with the Gauteng
Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
All in all the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz plays a substantial role in making a positive social, economic and cultural contribution to
Gauteng and South Africa.
Directorate Music Unisa Faculty present at the 5th COIL Conference, SUNY Global Centre, New York
Dr Mageshen Naidoo, Mr Sean Adams and Ms Madeleine Short (Unisa), together with partners Prof Jens Christian Kwella
and Keld Holsband (Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus Denmark) and Prof Lenora Helm Hammonds, Prof Emmanuel O.
Oritsejafor (North Carolina Central University) (NCCU) and Dan Reis (Elon University) presented at the 5th COIL Conference:
Can Globally Networked Learning Anchor Internationalization in the Curricular Mainstream? The Conference took place at
the SUNY Global Centre, New York on 2 – 5 April, 2013.
Entitled, Calculating Improvisation Through a Cultural Lens: Jazz! Born in America, Created Internationally, the group
presented findings from their recently successful online jazz course. The project was a globally networked learning (GNL)
initiative and ran for 12 weeks with collaborative teaching and learning between staff and students at Unisa, RAMA and
UNISA Gauteng School Jazz Workshops
The introduction of Jazz into the music curriculum was a first for Unisa, since the inception of the Unisa Music Examination
system in 1896. Continuing from the successful Unisa International Jazz School and community outreach workshops in
Gauteng (Soweto and Soshanguve), Durban and Cape Town in 2012, free jazz workshops were held in March 2013 at the
following schools as part of the Unisa Gauteng Schools Jazz Workshops.
• Soweto – MIAGI Centre, Saturday 23 February 2013
• Mamelodi – Mamelodi Music Academy/Mamelodi High School, Friday 08 March 2013
• Soshanguve – Unisa Music Centre, Saturday 09 March, 2013
• St Stithian’s Boys College, Sandton. Monday, 11 March 2013
• Afrikaans Seun’s Hoerskool, Pretoria. Monday, 11 March 2013
• Cornwall Hill College, Pretoria. Tuesday, 12 March 2013
• Southdowns College, Pretoria. Wednesday, 13 March 2013
• Waterkloof High School, Pretoria. Friday, 15 March 2013
• St John’s College & St Mary’s School Waverley, Sandton. 15 March 2013
The workshops were conducted by Dr Mageshen Naidoo (guitar) and Dr Karendra
Devroop (saxophone) together with a team of South African musicians and
educators based in Gauteng: Mr McCoy Mrubata (saxophones and flute), Mr
Concord Nkabinde (bass), Mr Mdu Mtshali (piano), Mr Roland Moses (piano), Mr
Rob Watson (drums), and Mr Neil Etheridge (drums).
All Workshops culminated in a concert held at the Dr Miriam Makeba Concert Hall,
Unisa on Saturday 16 March 2013. Students who participated in the schools
workshops were invited to perform music generated from the workshops. The
Faculty band also performed alongside students. The concert included a guest
appearance by learners of the Milton Academy in Boston USA directed by Mr Bob Sinicrope. Approximately 80 students
participated in the concert and approximately 300 students benefitted from the free jazz workshops.
Free Teacher Training workshops were also conducted during this time. Similar workshops will be held in Cape Town (July) and
Durban (September) this year.
Introducing the Unisa Jazz Trio
The trio (Karendra Devroop – Saxophone, Mageshen Naidoo – guitar and Marc Duby –
bass) marks a historic and unique collaboration between the Unisa Music Foundation,
Directorate Music and Department of Musicology at Unisa. Well-known South African
drummer Godfrey Mgcina, who regularly performs with the group, will join them on
stage for this event. Established in 2013, the trio aims to promote new and original jazz
compositions by the ensemble members and to augment the performing ensembles
that currently exist at Unisa. The trio members are well established jazz performers who
have worked with some of South Africa’s leading performers and composers.
Registration is open for Unisa graded examinations in Jazz Saxophone (Bb & Eb), Jazz Guitar, Vocal Jazz, Drum Set and Jazz
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