String man Pitman in Gugs

2018-12-13 06:01
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Durban guitarist Nick Pitman will collaborate with Cape Town’s musicians for the final performance of Jazz in the Native Yards (JINY) this year, Kwa Sec, NY 138 NO 52, on Sunday 16 December from 4pm.

Pitman will feature Jed Petersen on tenor saxophone, Muneeb Hermans on trumpet, Blake Hellaby, piano, Steve De Souza, bass and Lumanyano Unity Mzi on drums.

Pitman has been playing the guitar for a decade now, during which time he has explored different genres, from the blues, rock and to jazz.

In 2016 and 2017 he was selected to perform with the National Youth Jazz Band which performed at the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival and the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg.

He has travelled to Oslo, Norway to play in the Oslo Jazz Festival.

Currently, he is a part of the Black Crystals, which has performed in gigs around Durban. It will be his first time playing with Cape Town musicians.

This being a gig that rounds off this year’s gig at the JINY, patrons are invited to bring and braai meat, and share lunch with other jazz lovers from 1pm before the start of the gig.

Koko Nkalashe, who co-founded the JINY with Luvuyo Kakaza, says they are excited because Sunday’s gig celebrates five years of JINY.

“From humble beginnings with no funding, JINY has grown with over 1000 followers and about 300 regulars,” says Nkalashe.

Bring and braai starts at 1pm, the show starts at 4pm. Tickets are R80/R50 for students and pensioners at the door.

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