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Sunday, February 2, 2020


(Left: Nick Pitman)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular music kicks off their 2020 programme with the talented Nick Pitman on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Nick Pitman is a Durban-based guitarist, producer, and music teacher with over 10 years of experience as a recognised musician within the city’s vibrant performance scene. He has earned a stellar reputation among local artists and the wider South African music community, making headway as a regular session musician for some of the country’s greatest talents.

Pitman continues to develop his diverse repertoire as he features in an array of duos, trios, quartets, and other bands over and above his solo career. His recent prominent performances include sold-out shows at the Rockwood Theatre, Durban alongside Richard Shelton as Frank Sinatra in Sinatra and Me and a two-month Megastars of Pop production, as well as the Mama Africa Tribute led by Thulile Zama at the Hilton Arts Festival. Pitman also features as lead guitarist for corporate function cover band Calamity Jam, a highly sought-after rock outfit for premier events, and guitarist for the KZN All Stars Big Band led by Duncan Woolridge.

Having graduated in 2018 Summa Cum Laude, he holds a BMUS majoring in Composition and Arranging from UKZN. Over and above these recognitions, he was selected for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band in 2016 and 2017, toured to Cape Town to perform original music featuring guest appearances from artists in the area, and played at the Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway in 2016.

In October 2019, Pitman released his single Rollercoaster featuring Nosihe Zulu and Freeman Gumede and is available on all digital platforms. This year he aims to record his first album, which will consist of his jazz compositions and arrangements. Pitman performs at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music with his quintet: himself on guitar, Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet, Freeman Gumede on bass, David Langley on piano and Riley Giandhari on drums. This will be one of a few shows organised around Durban, in preparation for the album recording.

Join Nick Pitman at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus on February 5 at 18h00. Doors open at 17h30. General admission R90 (R60 pensioners, R30 students). Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more details.