Jazz meets symphony with local musos and American stars

2010-10-26 00:00

AMERICAN jazz stars, Howard Johnson, Lynne Arriale and South Africans Feya Faku and Gloria Bosman are headlining this year’s Jazz Meets Symphony concert at the Playhouse in Durban on Friday.

Known as one of the finest proponents of the tuba in the world, Johnson is in fact very versatile and also plays baritone, other reeds and trumpet, such as the flugelhorn, bass clarinet, cornet and pennywhistle.

Arriale is a jazz pianist who received her Master’s degree from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, where her initial training was classical. However, her interest in the works of Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock led her to jazz. Arriale first came to prominence when she won the 1993 International Great American Jazz Piano Competition. She is currently professor of jazz piano at the University of North Florida.

Faku, a trumpeter and flugel hornist, was born in Port Elizabeth and began playing music without any formal training with the help of local musicians. It was after he enrolled at the then University of Natal in Durban that he started formal training and performed and recorded with local and international musicians. He has since travelled the world and recorded extensively with numerous artists.

Bosman is an accomplished vocalist who began her career in a church choir. She studied opera at the then Pretoria Technikon and has performed at many venues throughout the country.

The four will perform with an all-star 60-piece classical full-string orchestra, hosted by the Jazz Foundation.

The Jazz Meets Symphony project was launched in October 2004 at the Linder Auditorium at Wits University. The concerts not only highlight individual artistry, but also the magic of collaboration between jazz and symphony.

Tickets can be bought at Computicket. — Arts Editor.

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