Mike Rossi to perform in PE for first time

2017-05-03 06:02
Mike Rossi.Photo:FRANCESCO COPPARI

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IN association with Concerts SA, saxophonist Mike Rossi will be touring the Eastern Cape with his band and making a stop in Port Elizabeth on the way.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Music Department will host the Mike Rossi Project and the band in the South Campus auditorium on May 11.

This will be American-born and Cape Town-based Mike Rossi’s first concert in Port Elizabeth. He is the professor in jazz and woodwinds at the SA College of Music, University of Cape Town.

His achievements include numerous recordings and international stage appearances as leader, soloist and sideman with Tony Bennett, Dave Liebman, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, George Russell, Clark Terry, Alessio Menconi and Darius Brubeck, to name but a few.

He has performed around the globe in small and large ensembles and gives workshops on South African jazz worldwide.

As a composer and performer he has appeared on numerous jazz and classical recordings and has written a series of method books on jazz improvisation.

His sextet, the Mike Rossi Project, features a lineup of renowned musicians, including William Haubrich on the trombone, Lee Thomson with the trumpet/flugelhorn, Andrew Ford on the piano, Charles Lazar on acoustic bass and Kevin Gibson on the drums.

The band has performed at jazz venues in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, as well as at the JazzKif Jazz Festival (DRC), Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Joy of Jazz Festival and the Grahamstown Jazz Festival.

The Mike Rossi Project will perform in Port Elizabeth in the NMMU South Campus Auditorium on May 11 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are R70 for adults, R50 for pensioners and R30 for students.

For more info contact Nicky Bosman on 041 504 4235.

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