(Drum lecturer Bruce Baker)
The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the Jazz Drum Showcase by selected 1st to 3rd year students and a few alumni that are prominent faces on the Durban and South African music scene on July 27.
The drummers will be presenting music that puts the drums in the forefront as well as drum solo compositions of the icons of the instrument such as Max Roach and Tony Williams. Some of the pieces will be from the students’ exam repertoire which range in style from Bebop to Big Band to Contemporary Fusion. Other items will be the students own ideas and compositions.
The drums mostly occupy a rear-guard role, in that they provide the time, groove, feel, and dynamics of the band ... the engine room. The showcase will offer an opportunity to see, hear and feel drums in a more upfront role and give context to the many skills a modern drummer needs to have in his toolbox.
This concert is a part of a series of instrumental showcases planned over the course of the year.
The Jazz Drum Showcase takes place on July 27 at 18h00 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Doors open at 17h30. General admission R60 (R40 pensioners/R20 students). For more information contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za