We're in the thick of it again! Having had a fairly quiet winter so far, the JWBB is out on the loose as from this weekend.

The news from down here at Cape of Storms is that the JWBB has formed a partnership with the local Jazz and Classics radio station Fine Music Radio 101.3. This partnership is geared towards greater exposure for both the JWBB and FMR 101.3. Accordingly the JWBB will be known as the FMR Jazz Workshop Biggish Band, and will be marketed by the radio station as their official representative on the South African music scene. The JWBB's policy of playing only original charts and arrangements of South African standards fits squarely with that of FMR, being the purveyor of a healthy chunk of airtime dedicated to SA artists in both genres. To launch this campaign the JWBB performed at the Artscape 'On the Side' Theatre on Friday July 18 for an invited audience of media representatives and some of FMR's radio personalities. The concert was well received with several mentions in the press over the following week.

2 JWBB gigs this weekend:

  • Friday August 8 we're performing at the Cape Town City Hall during the Women's Day Jazz Evening, which is a fundraiser for the City Aids Counselling Testing and Support (CACTAS) Centre. The JWBB will open the evening's music starting at 19h30 sharp, playing a set until 20h15. After us there will be several other prominent Cape Town jazz acts, including the Tony Schilder Quartet (featuring Harry Peacock on guitar), Zayn Adams, Vernon Castle and Emily Bruce. Tickets are R50 and the doors open at 19h00.

  • Saturday August 9 we'll be doing our monthly FMR Jazz Workshop Biggish Band, back at old favourite the Independent Armchair Theatre, at 135 Lower Main Road in Observatory. The gig will start at 21h00 and we'll play up to about 23h30.  Entrance is R25.

So, get out the house and come hear some South African music served up by the FMR Jazz Workshop Biggish Band!


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 South African Jazz standards.

Saxes: Chris Dippenaar, John Ntshibilikwana, John Thorne, Graham Thorne, Nick Green
Trumpets: Charlie Heyes, Douglas Armstrong, Dumani Katywa, Stephen Draper
Trombones: Andrew O'Donoghue, Shelley Williams, Simon Hough, Oliver Taylor
Rhythm (gt, pno, bs, dms, perc): Rick Beckman, Ralston van der Schyff, Sidney McKinnon, Ewan Inglis, Grant Jansen

More info: jannie@bigband.co.za / 072 189 2481
or phone Cynthia at the Jazz Workshop on 424 4956
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