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Friday, May 18, 2018


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the UKZN Jazz Piano Showcase on May 23, 2018.

In the wake of a hugely successful Piano Passions concert that featured prominent UKZN jazz piano alumni and their teacher, Prof Darius Brubeck, jazz lovers are invited to a concert featuring young jazz piano students who are successors to this illustrious legacy. It is an opportunity to hear phenomenal talent, youthful energy and imagination that is fuelled by everything contemporary in a stage of relative infancy.

The UKZN jazz piano faculty is particularly excited by the current crop of students and is experiencing what feels like an avalanche of talent. The concert will feature a selection of students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd year and the programme will comprise original compositions, jazz standards and arrangements and mashups of various kinds. The piano students are too numerous to feature in one concert, so a second concert has been arranged for the Jazzy Rainbow on June 7.

Centre for Jazz is also proud to launch its partnership with local music instrument retail chain, Musician’s Gearzone, who have kindly sponsored product awards to participating pianists. The sponsorship will extend to the rest of the student showcase concerts scheduled during the course of the year.

This concert will be a part of series of instrumental showcases that will run over the course of the year to fundraise for the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship. It will be followed by the bass showcase on May 30, 2018.

The UKZN Jazz Piano Showcase will take place on May 23 at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus..General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students).

For more information, contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email