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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music in collaboration with Ethekwini Jazz Appreciation Society and Jazz Xpression will host a series of events across the city in celebration of International Jazz Day on April 29 and 30.

Featuring live performances by UKZN Music students, young performers from local high schools and professional musicians, jazz enthusiasts should not miss this jam-packed weekend featuring an array of Durban-based artists!

April 29 at Denis Hurley Centre (Denis Hurley Street, CBD) – UKZN Big Band plays outdoors at 10h30. From midday EJazz Appreciation Society will host a Jazz listening session at the Old Beer Hall (102-120 Florence Nzama Road) with performances by Durban jazz musicians and UKZN Jazz students throughout the evening. From 20h30 you can catch The George Mari Band featuring Burton Naidoo (piano), Philani Ngidi (bass), Sbu Zondi (drums) and Debbie Mari (vocals) - the opening set will feature a UKZN Jazz Ensemble, at the Jazzy Rainbow (93 Goble Road, Morningside), R70 Admission incl. free drink on arrival).

April 30: The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music hosts local high school bands including Hilton College, Durban Music School and soloists from various Durban schools. UKZN Jazz Voice students pay Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, celebrating the 100th anniversary of her birthdate and the UKZN Big Band under the direction of Burton Naidoo. The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) is located on Level 2, Shepstone Building, UKZN Howard College Campus. Doors open at 13h30 and the show starts at 14h00. This event is free. Plenty of parking and cash bar available. For more information contact 031 260 3385 or email

Also on April 30, jazz enthusiast and DJ Mamsie Ntshangase will be presenting a jazz set on VibeFM Radio from 15h00 to 18h00 while she discusses the importance of International Jazz Day worldwide.

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role in uniting people from all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and its impact. This celebration raises awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforces international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, Jazz is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue, diversity and respect for human rights; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change. International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.

As International Jazz Day celebrates its 6th anniversary, the Cuban city of Havana, has been named International Jazz Day Global Host city for 2017. Havana will host a multitude of jazz performances, community service initiatives, and education programs in schools, libraries, hospitals, community centres and arts venues across the city. The day will culminate in an All-Star Global Concert presented at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. The concert, featuring artists from around the world, will be live streamed for all to enjoy. Join Jazz appreciators all over the world as we celebrate International Jazz Day the Durban way! This initiative is supported by Independent Newspapers and Durban Art Gallery.