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Saturday, May 28, 2016


(Phumlani Mtiti)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the Brass showcase/ UKZN Big Band launch on June 1.

The UKZN Big band is directed by Burton Naidoo. The members are pianists Abigail Giddings and Mandy Cobbing; bassist Llewelyn Chetty; drummer Riley Giandhari; trumpeters Siyanda Zulu, Sanele Qwabe, Phuti Mofokeng, and Talente Mhlongo; guitarist Kaylin Naidoo; Snothile Mkhize on clarinet; alto saxophonists Nwabisa Kheswa, Simone van Niekerk, Tim Lewis and Phumlani Mtiti; tenor saxophonist Bonginkosi Mkhize, and trombonists Thembinkosi Khumalo, Mokgethisi Nkotsi, Tseleng Makhatla (flute).

Special guests will be Prof Salim Washington (tenor saxophone), Prof Mike Rossi from South African College of Music, University of Cape Town and George Mari (trumpet).

The UKZN Big Band repertoire includes standards such as Moten Swing, Take the A train, On Green Dolphin Street which is arranged by Nicholas Chinnamunian , Fly Me To the Moon, Mra, Nelson Mandela, Harlem Airshaft, Caravan arranged by Riley Giandhari, and When the Saints Go Marching In.

"The music discipline at UKZN is particularly excited to be in a position to once again field a Big band after a sojourn of three or four years due to having had too few horn players in the jazz programme. We are hopeful that this resurgence in numbers is a sign of things to come, and we thank the young musicians from the Durban Music School for their participation as well," said Neil Gonsalves, director for the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music., UKZN.

Brass Showcase/ UKZN Big Band launch will take place on June 1 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Doors open at 17h30 with the show starting at 18h00. General admission R60 (R40 pensioners, R20 students). More information from Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email