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Monday, November 5, 2018


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present award-winning jazz collective, Skyjack, featuring some of the most sought-after jazz stars from South Africa and Switzerland, who will release their sophomore album The Hunter on Wednesday (November 7, 2018).

The band comprises three members from South Africa and two from Switzerland. All critically-acclaimed in their own right, Skyjack's sum is as great as its parts. Shane Cooper (double bass), Kyle Shepherd (piano) and Kesivan Naidoo (drums, now based in Europe) have each received the coveted Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz award. Swiss musicians, Marc Stucki (tenor saxophone) and Andreas Tschopp (trombone) are two of Switzerland’s most in-demand horn players who have attained dizzying creative and professional heights over the years.

On the rare occasion that the full band is able to convene, each member contributes compositions to the project, which is then performed by the collective. This is a critical distinction to be noted for Skyjack - that the performances are collaborative, but the songwriting is an individual contribution, credited to each musician where necessary. Bassist Shane Cooper notes: “The sound is an absolute power house, from deep African grooves to heavy-hitting jazz rides and beautiful soundscapes. It’s all part of the incredible journey that is Skyjack.”

The band recorded their debut self-titled album in Switzerland in 2015, which received rave reviews across the globe. Their new release, The Hunter was recorded in Maur, Switzerland early 2018, at a studio that in previous years had the honour of hosting the likes of Tina Turner and Prince.

The album will be digitally released to the international market early 2019, through legendary German label Enja’s imprint Yellowbird Records. The physical release has been pressed and made available exclusively for the South African market, to be purchased on the upcoming Skyjack national tour. The tour comprises eight show dates, ranging from free shows and jazz festivals to more formal performances at highly regarded venues in multiple cities.

The previous Skyjack tour was met with sold-out shows, and will undoubtedly experience the same level of support in November 2018.

Join Skyjack, five of SA and Switzerland’s brightest Jazz stars as they launching The Hunter on November 07, 2018, 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 for more details.