The Jazz Workshop Biggish Band has a busy couple of weeks coming up, including 2 performances as part of the Cape Town Festival, our regular monthly concert, and a return to the St. Luke's Hospice "Jazz in the Park".

This week the Cape Town Festival kicks off 12 days of cultural happenings around the City, and the JWBB will proudly be involved in the 4th incarnation of this annual event:

  • On this coming Thursday night, 20 March, we feature as part of the District Six Museum's Re-Imagining Carnival, a fascinating & colourful musical procession which will leave the District Six Museum at 19h00 and end up near the top of Long Street, interacting with various public spaces and icons along the way. The Biggish Band will be set up at the fountain near the bird cages in the Company Gardens, where we will perform together with Robert Sithole (penny whistle) and Xolani Mahola (vocals), and the New Orleans 'nagkoor', when the procession arrives there at about 20h00 on route to Long Street, where there will be numerous stages and venues in full swing as part of the festivities. The Re-Imagining Carnival is set to be grand event and will definitely be worth checking out -- an official press release with more details follows at the end of this news letter.

  • And on Saturday, March the 22nd, we'll be performing at the Amphitheatre in front of the Museum, also in the Company Gardens, 13h00 - 13h45 together with a host of other performers. Here we will play a regular set of South African big band material including various of our own arrangements of old standards and some new compositions.

On the following Friday 28 March at 20h30, you can catch the Biggish Band 'In Concert' when we return to the Durbanville High Street Theatre for another in our series of last-Friday-of-the-month concerts. In lieu of the stiff competition out there with major sporting events, said cultural festivals and general mayhem in the streets of Planet Earth, we've convinced management to reduce the entrance fee to a mere R25, so as to lure all you unsuspecting couch potatoes out for a wild evening of South African Big Band Jazz like you've never heard before! Directions to the theatre further down the page ..

Then we're also pleased to announce that we've been asked to perform at the next St Luke's Hospice fundraiser, Jazz in the Park, at the Rondebosch Park on Saturday 12 April at 21h00. We'll be sharing the bill with some other acts, but more about that closer to the time.

In the mean time check this out for a "leap of fame" ...

Our man Sidney McKinnon on the bass

the Rehearsal
Jazz Workshop Jan 2003 ....

..... the Gig
V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre Jan 2003

So, hope to catch you at one of those gigs!


Venue contact details:
High Street Theatre
tel: (021) 914-7030/1
fax (021) 914-7032


The JWBB is an amateur Big Band based in Cape Town, and lead by trombonist Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder
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

More info:
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District Six Reimagining Carnival

District Six Reimagining Carnival is a long term project of the District Six Museum, which attempts to reclaim the heritage of the Cape Town Minstrels and nagkore, as well as imagining future possibilities for the carnivalesque in Cape Town. Part of the Reimagining Carnival project is the production of a street theatre tribute to Cape Town’s Minstrel Festival and carnival traditions, with the aim of reimagining the possibilities of carnival in Cape Town by drawing on both global traditions and now extinct local traditions.

The performance takes the form of a multidisciplinary procession, to be staged during the Cape Town Festival. The project attempts to excavate past traditions of the Cape Town Minstrel Festival as well as make creative connections with the phenomenon of carnival globally. The Reimagining Carnival procession takes place on the night of Night Vision, 20 March 2003, from 7.00pm-9.00pm.

The music for the procession will be provided by Afro-Brazilian percussionists (led by Mark Dodsworth of Hot Fruit/Red Zebra), the New Orleans nagkoor (led by Kaatjie Davids), and the Jazz Workshop Biggish Band (led by Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder). In addition the troupe will consist of capoeira dancers and b-boys (led by Emile Jansen of Black Noise), art students from Frank Joubert who have made masks specifically for the procession, children from the Clary Centre who have made lanterns specifically for the project, and various theatrical performers. Craig Leo (Onnest’Bo) and Lara Bye (Vagina Monologues) will facilitate various aspects of the performance and costuming.

This troupe will march from the District Six Museum, via the old Slave Lodge, through Company Gardens up to the slave bell, and via Queen Victoria Street and Green Street into Long Street, interacting with various public spaces and icons along the way.

The Reimagining Carnival procession falls under the auspices of the District Six Mueseum’s Public Education Program. The PEP is an attempt to stimulate public discussion and dialogue around key issues raised by the research and curatorial work of the Museum, and translate this dialogue into cultural expression. A history of forced removals and oppressive measures has resulted in residents of Cape Town being alienated from the city centre and from their own history. The Reimagining Carnival project is an attempt to reclaim the city and its heritage through imagination.
PRESENTED BY: District Six Museum

High Street Theatre Directions:

Take the N1 north (which is the shortest way to Joburg and various other exotic locations!), about 10km out of town, not long after you pass the Tygerberg hill/koppie/mountain on your left, 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.