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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is proud to present a solo piano concert entitled Piano Passion on September 11. As well as having the rare opportunity to hear fabulous local pianists Burton Naidoo, Melvin Peters, Sibusiso Mashiloane and Neil Gonsalves in this format, the concert also features internationally acclaimed Dutch pianist Mike del Ferro who is Durban for the South African Jazz Educators Festival. He is the 2013 SAJE Artist-In-Residence, which has been made possible by a generous grant from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Mike del Ferro will conduct master classes, one-on-one lessons, and teach history of jazz at the CJPM during the week leading up to the Festival. Although well-known in Cape Town, this is del Ferro’s first visit to Durban.

Mike del Ferro is a highly sought-after composer, pianist and arranger who writes and performs in an impressive array of musical genres. He has travelled the world extensively (more than 106 countries), searching for collaborations with musicians from cultures quite different to his own. His reputation as a soloist, accompanist, composer and arranger has led to worldwide performances, recordings and tours with musicians such as Toots Thielemans, Jack DeJohnette, Oscar Castro Neves, Deborah Brown, Erik Truffaz, Jorge Rossy, Sibongile Khumalo, Carl Allen, Scott Hamilton, Richard Galliano, Thijs van Leer (Focus), Harold Land, Jan Akkerman, Norma Winstone, Benny Bailey, Candy Dulfer, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Badi Assad, Fernanda Porto, Madou Diabate and Maria Pia deVito.

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Piano Passion takes place on September 11 at 18h00 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. (Doors open at 17h30) Entry fee R35 (R20 pensioners and R10 students). More information on 031 260 3385 or email