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Wednesday, September 4, 2013


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present 38° Rising with Max Mikula (guitar), Logan Byrne (double bass) and Sidney Rash (drums) this evening (September 4) at 18h00.

38° Rising offers a fresh new combination of seasoned talents. Their music is an eclectic blend of jazz, funk and world music, featuring original compositions and reworking of classic jazz standards and contemporary pop.

The band line up is Max Mikula is emerging from a hiatus of several years, having been distracted by a salaried job and the production of two children. After years of freelance session work and jazz outfits, he spent four years on the road with acoustic pop group Henry Ate and solo artist Karma, performing on two SAMA award winning albums. He then fronted twice SAMA nominated Afro/World band Tsunami, featuring his own original material.

Double bassist Logan Byrne has a long history in the Durban scene. From his beginnings with rock bands such as Scooter’s Union and a stint with the Flames, he went on to form Landscape Prayers with Nibs Van der Spuy, Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby and Bruce Baker. They recorded several albums and toured internationally. Presently he freelances and performs with traditional jazz outfit Beat Route along with duo performances with Max.

Drummer Sidney Rash is known for his intense, Steve Jordanesque groove and versatility on the drums. After graduating top of his class from UKZN in 2008, Sid travelled around the world and recorded an album with the Arrows in New York City in 2012. He does session work ranging from pop-rock to jazz. Along with the Arrows he has worked with Gungor and Darius Brubeck, amongst others. Sid also runs a drum company and school called The Beatbox and has just released a book on his drumming technique called The Beatbox Toolbox.

Catch 38° Rising at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus this evening (September 4) at 18h00 (Doors open at 17h30). Entry R35 (R20 pensioners and R10 students). More information from Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email