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Saturday, March 2, 2013


On March 6, the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents a collaborative concert between jazz ensembles from Virginia Commonwealth University jazz and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The concert marks a highpoint in an ongoing year-long exchange between the two ensembles and will showcase original compositions that have been specifically composed to foster the theme of the exchange which is: A Jazz Bridge to Greater Understanding.

Four specially-commissioned works, funded by the VCU grant and composed by project leader, Professor Antonio Garcia (VCU), Victor Haskins (VCU ensemble), Dr Sazi Dlamini (UKZN faculty) and Stephan le Roux (UKZN alumnus) will have their debut performances at this concert. The VCU-composed pieces will be performed by the UKZN ensemble and the UKZN-composed pieces will feature the VCU ensemble. These pieces will be performed again on March 26 in Richmond, VA when the UKZN ensemble visits VCU. Both these concerts are being recorded and a subsequent CD release is envisioned for September this year.

In addition to the commissioned works, the CJPM concert will also feature Madala Kunene in concert with the exchange ensembles featuring songs from his forthcoming CD, 1959, compositions from Chris Ryan (VCU ensemble) and Sakhile Simani (UKZN ensemble), as well as a duo performance by Prof Garcia and Neil Gonsalves (UKZN project leader).

The VCU ensemble comprises Victor Haskins (trumpet), Trey Sorrells (alto saxophone), Brendan Schnabel (tenor saxophone), Chris Ryan (guitar), Justin Esposito (double bass) and CJ Wolfe (drums).

The UKZN ensemble is Sakhile Simane (trumpet), Linda Sikhakhane (tenor saxophone), Sebastian Goldswain (guitar), Lungelo Ngcobo (piano), Ildo Nandja (double bass) and Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums).

The concert will take place on March 6 at 18h00 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Entry fee R35 (R20 pensioners/R10 students). A cash bar will be available. More information from Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email