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Sunday, May 12, 2013


The Centre for Jazz & Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will present Master Saxophonist Salim Washington on May 15.

Washington is a saxophonist, multi-reedsman, composer, and jazz educator. He pursued music first as a trumpet player, and later as a student of classical piano. He was influenced by the musical culture of the Church of God in Christ, a Pentecostal sect in which his father was a minister.

The music of Charles Mingus had a profound effect on his composing, in much the same way as Rahsaan, Trane, Pharaoh, and Dolphy had on his playing. Salim has travelled extensively, playing music festivals throughout the US and Canada, Latin America, and Europe. Salim Washington first played at the CJPM when visited South Africa in 2009 through the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship.

Salim has taken a full-time professorship at UKZN School of Arts (Music). He teams up with Gamelihle Ngongoma (vocals), Philani Ngidi (bass), Neil Gonsalves (piano), Leon Sharnick (saxophone) and Paki Peleole (drums)

The performance takes place from 18h00 on May 15 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Entry fee is R35 (R20 pensioners/R10 students). More information from Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email