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Tuesday, April 4, 2017


(Addison Frei)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the winner of the 2016 UNISA International Piano Competition 2016, Addison Frei, tomorrow (April 5).

The New York based pianist has also won first prize in several competitions, including the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida and the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, where he was noted as the youngest competitor.

He has toured and recorded in a duo setting alongside Manhattan Transfer co-founder, Janis Siegel. In New York, Frei has held residencies at the Kitano, the Cell Theatre and Somethin’ Jazz, and performed at venues such as Minton’s, Birdland, Cornelia St. CafĂ©, Pangea and Rockwood Music Hall, among others. He has served as musical director of B-Side Productions’ Adding Machine and The Wild Party. Frei also headlined the 2015 Wichita Jazz Festival, brought his group to the Dallas Museum of Art and joined vibraphonist Christian Tamburr at the Lied Center of Kansas. Frei’s acclaimed compositions have earned him invitations to Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and Generations International Jazz Festival’s Workshop.

Join Addison Frei (piano) with Marc Duby (bass) and Bruce Baker (drums) at The Centre for Jazz & Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2 Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus, Durban on April 5, 2017. Doors open 17h30 and the music starts at 18h00 Tickets R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students) will be available at the door for

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