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Cape Town International Jazz Festival – Artist Line Up

FINALLY! The 12th Cape Town International Jazz Festival line up has been announced. After yet another few months of anticipation (or was it just me?) we can reveal the list.

An awesome line-up has been created to cater for all music lovers. Looking for forward to the show that takes place from the 25-26th of March!

South African Artists

• Simphiwe Dana
• Lisa Bauer
• Gang Of Instrumentals
• Dave Ledbett
• The Clearing
• The Flames
• Gazelle
• Sekunjalo Edujazz Band
• Don Laka
• Chad Saaiman
• Lloyd Jansen
• Mathew Moolman
• Hugh Masikela
• Victor Masondo
• Larry Willis
• Lee-roy Sauls
• Prins Lengoaso
• Kevin Gibson
• Mark Fransman
• Donveno Prins
• Naima Mclean
• Giutar Afrika
• Feya Fati

International Artists

• Hanjin
• Christian Scott
• Dave Koz
• Monique Bingham
• Patricia Barber
• Esperanza Spalding
• Habert Laws$
• Wayne Shorter Quartet
• Brian Blade
• Danilo Peroz
• John Patitucci
• Earth Wind & Fire
• Bebe Winans
• Ivan Mazuze
• Youssou N'Dour
• Sandra Codorilo
• Chuck Loeb
• Carmen Cuesta
• Citie
• Cindy Blackman
• Orlando Venhereque
• Tortured Soul
• Tumi & The Volume
• Chielie Minucci
• Special EFX
• James Schofield
• Hein van de Geyn
• Jazzanova
• Paul Randolph

Ticket prices for the 2011 festival are: R365 for a single day pass and a two-day weekend pass is R499. As in previous years, there will be an extra fee of R25 per act for patrons wishing to attend concerts on the Rosies stage. Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite-Checkers stores.

The key to the success of the festival that takes place this year on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), is programming. In addition to ensuring that audiences have choice by putting up 40 bands on five stages over two days, festival organisers working jointly with musicians put together “concept bands”. These are bands that are specifically assembled for the event. This year will be no different. The list of 19 additional artists unveiled today has four “concept bands in it”.

The first concept band will be a Tribute to Oscar Peterson featuring Dutch pianist Jack van Poll, globetrotting South African guitarist James Scholfield and Dutch bassist Hein van Geyn.
Opting for a piano-guitar-bass format that resembles the definitive Oscar Peterson-Ray Brown-Herb Ellis trio, the three will dig deep into the late Canadian pianist's swinging and massive repertoire. The second band that had been put together for the occasion is Guitafrika; a unique collaboration by three African guitarists – South Africa's Steve Newman, Eric Triton from Mauritius and Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla from Niger. In addition to showcasing different guitar-playing styles in the continent, the three musicians are at Africa's Grandest Gathering to celebrate the history and role of guitars in African music.

The Cape Town Tribute Band has been formed under the musical directorship of Alvin Dyers and will pay tribute to Winston Mankunku, Tony Schilder, Donald Tshomela, Ezra Ngcukana, Robbie Jansen and Hotep Galeta and Vincent Kolbe. Joining Dyers in the third “concept band” is pianist Nick Williams, bassist Wesley Rustin and drummer Denver Furness. Guests such as saxophonist Buddy Wells, pianist Mike Perry, guitarist Errol Dyers, trumpeter Ian Smith and singer Sylvia Mdunyelwa will join the piano-guitar-bass-drums quartet as it goes through tunes like Schilder's “Montreal”, Galeta's “Harold's Bossa” and Ngozi's “Crossroads”. Conversations with bassist Victor Masondo and Johannesburg-based trumpeter/conductor Prince Lengoasa; drummer Kevin Gibson; pianist Mark Fransman and saxophonist Donvino Prins is the last concept project. The conversations provide a rare opportunity to see Masondo who was recently invited to present his arrangements of Duke Ellington's music at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington DC, perform live. Studio commitments and production work has over the years taken Masondo out of the live jazz circuit. “Concept bands make the festival unique. People have the opportunity to see bands that they are unlikely to see somewhere else or in their lifetime”, says EspAfrika and festival director Rashid Lombard.

In addition to “concept bands” other headline acts that will join those announced in January are:
·       Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci. Unlike in 2009 when Minucci appeared as a guest in Lao Tizer's band when the latter performed in Johannesburg, the award-winning artsist brings to Cape Town his  Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX.
·       US guitarist Chuck Loeb who in addition to leading his solo projects, has the guitar seat in the preeminent contemporary jazz band, Fourplay. He will be joined on stage by Spanish vocalist Carmen Cuesta.
·       Drummer Cindy Blackman – Santana who with her quartet “Another Lifetime” will pay a tribute with Felix Pastorius, son of the late Jaco Pastorius–to drum machine and pioneer of jazz-rock fusion, Tony Williams.

BeBe Winans, a vocalist that comes out of a Detroit family in which both parents and nine other siblings are all recorded musicians.  BeBe is a real performer; comfortable in both gospel and R&B.

Another special act will be a performance by our own Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis. In 2005, Masekela released an album that was different from his previous recordings.  Almost Like Being In Jazz, consisted of jazz standards taken from the American songbook. In the recording there was not a single Masekela composition. Also absent were South African and homebrewed compositions that the 71-year artists always belts out. “When I first began recording and performing in America, self-anointed 'jazz experts' Leonard Feather and Stanley Crouch were extremely offended by the music I was playing and vehemently declared: THIS IS NOT JAZZ', says Masekela on the origins of his unusual recording. Throughout his career, Masekela wanted to prove these “jazz policemen” wrong and show them that he can play “jazz”.  But more than that, the trumpeter who draws massive audiences wherever he performs was keen to show his respect for composers and past performers who had brought  great joy to music lovers with their outstanding songs. Joined by pianist Larry Willis, bassist Victor Masondo and drummer Lee-Roy Sauls, Masekela will play music that inspired him to record Almost Like Being In Jazz. Unlike the other times where he performed on the Kippies stage, Masekela will lead his quartet in front of a seated audience at the Rosies stage.

Other artists added onto the list are: South African pianist and producer Don Laka; Berlin-based nu-jazz group Jazzanova  that features US vocalist/bassist Paul Randolph; leading South African trumpet-player Feya Faku; live house band Tortured Soul from Boston; Mozambican saxophonist Orlando Venhereque; local hip-hop outfit Tumi and The Volume, poet and actor Naima McLean; Songbook – a band led by a South African young and promising trumpet-player Lwanda Gogwana; local student group Sekunjalo Edujazz Band; bass guitarist  from Botswana , Citie; and three artists from Cape Town's StereoType Records – Chad Saaiman, Mathew Moolman and Lloyd Jansen.

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