“Jazz under the Pecans” @De Bos featuring The Cape Jazz Collective.
For the last 10 years well-known Cape Town pianist George Werner and Montagu-based trombonist Jannie “Hanepoot” van Tonder have sporadically been working on collating a sheetmusic collection of 100 South African jazz tunes. This is in the tradition of the famous “Real Book”, a collection of 500 jazz standards created in the USA during the 1970’s, and used by every aspiring jazz musician ever since.
This work flowed out of their various projects as band leaders over the years for which they have often been transcribing SA jazz tunes, and during which it became clear that a South African version of such a book would fill a void, especially in the education of young musicians.
This process kicked off with the publication of the Cape Jazz Collection in 2008, a book they collated with guitarist Colin Miller, containing lead sheets of 30 Cape Jazz tunes.
The team behind the book has recently received some financial support for completing this mammoth project, which includes printing and distributing 200 copies of the new book, The South African Jazz Collection, to schools & universities, and then as part of the launch, to present a series of concerts and workshops showcasing some of the various styles of SA jazz.
South Africa has a rich array of unique styles of music. In the jazz genre there are several recognisable styles that mostly have deep roots in traditional music. We even have styles that are unique to the various cities e.g. Cape Goema, and Sophiatown Marabi.
The Cape Jazz Collective is a group of musicians who have come together for these concerts, and have all at various actually worked with composers whose music is represented in the book. On piano is George Werner, with Eldred Schilder on bass and Ivan Bell on drums. They are joined by Byron Abrahams on saxophones, Jannie “Hanepoot” van Tonder on trombone and Anathi Mobo on vocals.
On the morning of Saturday 22 May there will be a workshop in Barrydale, geared towards young musicians, but anyone is welcome. This will be followed by a concert at the MUD Gallery in Barrydale on Saturday evening, and a lunch-time concert “Jazz under the Pecans” at De Bos Backpackers & Camping in Montagu West on Sunday afternoon.
The concert at De Bos on Sunday 23 May will start at 13h00. Gates will open at 12h00, so please bring your Sunday lunch picnic or get a bite from Basil & Irene’s Square Tomato who will set up their familiar stall on the day.
In case of bad weather the concert will be held in the De Bos Barn, which has seating and plenty of space. Tickets are at the gate, R100 per adult and kids under 16 come in free.
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All Covid-19 protocols will be observed.
The South African Jazz Collection contains 100 compositions by more than 70 South African composers, and will be available for order starting sometime in June from www.sheetmusic.co.za
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