Young bands make big jazz sounds

2015-06-09 06:01

Jazz lovers can look forward to four days of school, college and community bands at the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival at the Baxter Concert Hall this week.

Now in its 17th year, the festival will see 23 bands share the stage between tomorrow and Saturday.

Bands from Bergvliet and Heathfield High School will be performing with the Delft Big Band tomorrow.

The Sans Souci Jazz Cats, Beau Soleil Music Centre, the Stellenbosch Youth Jazz Band and Sacs Junior School and High School’s junior and senior jazz bands will be on stage on Thursday.

Friday night will see performances by Uni-Sound Big Band, Pinelands Jazz Band, Wynberg Girls’ High School Big Band, Little Giants, the Rustenburg High School for Girls’ Jazz Band and the UCT Big Band.

The festival will end on Saturday with St. Joseph’s Marist College Jazz Band, the Westerford High Big Band, Wynberg Boys’ High School Big Band and Rondebosch Boys’ High School senior and junior jazz bands.

They’ll be joined by the alumni big band which will be conducted by Mike Campbell. This band will be made up of special guests Dan Shout, Justin Bellairs, Marc de Kock, Zeke le Grange, Mike Rossi, Ian Smith, Marcus Wyatt, Vaughn Fransch, Jody Engelbrecht, Willy Haubrich, Nick Green, Kelly Bell, Siya Charles, Romy Brauteseth, Darryl Andrews, Amy Campbell, Andrew Ford and Heinrich Goosen.

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Tickets for the festival cost R100 per night, R350 for all four performances or R50 per show for seniors, pupils and students from Computicket

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