is heading out of town again! After getting no further than Athlone in 2002, we're keen to spread our wings a bit this year, and are heading out to Durbanville this Friday, the 31st of January, when we'll be appearing at the Durbanville High Street Theatre in the first of a series of last-Friday-of-the-month concerts.
Our set opening the Jazzathon earlier this month was a big jol, and the band took instantly to playing in front of such a huge crowd. Thanks to the sponsors for putting so much into this event ... and for supporting Cape Town's original acts in the process. We even got our pic in the paper!
This is not the one:
and it wasn't this one
The gig on Friday will be the premier performance of a new composition written specially for the Jazz Workshop Biggish Band by Douglas Armstrong, our part-time 2nd Trumpeter, and full-time member of Moodphase 5ive. It's a blues in the Count Basie mould and it's aptly named Dynamo.
Also making a comeback this week is one of the original tunes we started the band with, Blue Prints, written for us by Mertyn Barrow, which has recently been re-arranged for the full 17-piece Big Band line-up. In the pipeline for next month is an arrangement of a Zakes Nkosi classic, Nonto Sangoma, made famous by the African Jazz Pioneers.
On Friday we'll also feature some stalwarts: sitting in on the piano will be Derek Hutton, and on the 1st tenor will be David Poole. (By the way that was Lee Thomson of Golliwog playing his heart out at the Jazzathon in the top picture dunno who's the cyclist ...)
So come and hear us play an all-South African evening's Big Band music! The gig starts at 20h30, tickets are R60, and here's how you get there from Cape Town: take the N1 (which is the shortest way to Joburg and various other exotic locations!), about 10km out of town, you take the Durbanville, Durban Road off ramp. Past Tyger Valley shopping Centre on the left, on your right you'll eventually see the Porsche Garage, the next traffic light you turn right into Doordekraal Road. Keep left round the little circle, and take the first exit (which means you're going almost straight actually) up the little hill and you'll see the theatre.
See you there!
The JWBB is an
amateur Big Band based in Cape Town, and lead by trombonist
The JWBB plays original compositions written for the band, as well as arrangements of mostly South African Jazz standards.
Saxes: Chris Dippenaar,
John Ntshibilikwana, John Thorne, Graham Thorne, Nick Green
Trumpets: Charlie Heyes, Duke Gumede, Dumani Katywa, Stephen Draper
Trombones: Andrew O'Donoghue, Shelley Williams, Simon Hough, Oliver Taylor
Rhythm (gt, pno, bs, dms): Rick Beckman, Ralston van der Schyff, Sidney McKinnon, Ewan Inglis
or phone Cynthia at the Jazz Workshop on 424 4956
or check out http://www.work.co.za/userwebs/jannie/jwbb
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