Lesedi to blow at Sec’s

2016-10-20 06:00
 Lesedi Ntsane

Lesedi Ntsane

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Lesedi Ntsane, the award-winning and New York-based South African born jazz trumpeter is in Cape Town to give practical workshops for brass players at Kwa Sec in NY138 in Gugulethu prior to his Sunday gig..

Ntsane will give a free Jazz Workshop from 2pm which will be followed by his gig at 4pm in the same venue.

Young musicians and students are requested to bring their own musical instruments to the workshop.

This free workshop is presented and supported by the South African Association for Jazz Education–SAJE.

“I will feature some of my Cape Town friends and bring you the jazzy sound of my original band, The Azanian People Movement,” explains Ntsane.

His two sets gig will feature Cape Town’s iconic jazz musicians including Nicolas Williams on piano, double bass player Steve De Souza and Claude Couzens on drums.

Born into a musical family, with a singing mother and a father who had spent some time playing trumpet, Ntsane’s grandfather was the Director of one of South Africa’s classic music units, The Merrymaker’s Orchestra.

“I spent my entire High School playing for the Springs Boys High School Brass Band,” says Ntsane who grew up in Johannesburg.

“I won the national Marching Band Competitions for five consecutive years.”

He enrolled at the M.C. Art Academy at the South African State Theatre and later studied at Tshwane University of Technology.

Ntsane then joined an amazing South African outfit, called 4 Seasons, leading a number of their festivals and community outreach programmes.

The band’s magnetic and powerful union led them to winning the Regional 2009 Puisano Competition and later being selected as one of the two Provincial winning bands.

In 2011 He moved to New York City to further his studies at the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he had the privilege of private tutelage of Billy Harper, Jimmy Owens, and Charles Tolliver, among other greats.

He has also done some amazing film-scoring projects with L.A based composer, Bo Jacobson and some projects for Lalela Library Music.

For the past two years, he has been working at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the Webop Educational Programme and has had the pleasure of working with Riza Printup, Patrice Turner, Adam Platt, Anthony Lee, Vanessa Cruz, Tim Sullivan, Julian Smith, Harlem Children Zone and Washington Heights Head

He has represented the New School for Jazz as part of a Jazz Combo called The New School Swingers which did a live Radio Broadcast at WBGO Radio Station in New Jersey.

Since 2012, he has been able to consistently bring a Combo to Madiba Restaurant in Brooklyn where he has worked with Bakithi Khumalo. Stanley Banks, Tony Cedras, Anton Fig, Morris Goldberg, Maciek Shejbal, Zan Tetrokovic, Kyle Poole, Ian Bagette, Eden Ladin, Mike King, Jazzmeia Horn, Javi Santiago, Dororta Piotrowska, Wignall Ismel, Tshepo Puoane.

In 2013 he graduated at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and has continued to work Jazz at Lincoln Center amongst other performance and Educational initiatives.

Since 2014 he has been working with Professor René McLean. This year he was awarded the The Young Lion Jazz Award by Brooklyn Jazz Consortium.

His concert starts at 4pm, R60/R30 pensioners and students.

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