The FMR Jazz Workshop Biggish Band starts off the new year with a performance at the Cape Town Jazzathon. We've been invited back after opening the festival last year, and will be playing on Saturday afternoon 10 January at 15h00. The Jazzathon is one of Cape Town's premiere annual jazz events and this year will also feature artists like Letta Mbulu, Judith Sephuma, Jimmy Dludlu, Allou April, McCoy Mrubata and Sipho Gumede. More info at

The JWBB slot will see guest performances by David Ledbetter on piano and Mike Horne on drums, in a set including some of our original tunes by Ledbetter, Mertyn Barrow, Douglas Armstrong, Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder, and some of our arrangements of lesser-known South African standards by Hugh Masekela, Zakes Nkosi, Chris McGregor and Dollar Brand.


There are already a number of other gigs in the pipeline for the JWBB this year:

  • Sat 31 January, Hout Bay Amphitheatre

  • Sun 8 February, Helderberg Nature Reserve, Somerset West

  • Sun 7 March, Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

Have a good 2004!



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, Stuart Bowen
Trombones: Andrew O'Donoghue, Shelley Williams, Simon Hough, Matthew Grant
Rhythm (gt, pno, bs, dms): Rick Beckman, Ralston van der Schyff, Sidney McKinnon, Mike Horne

More info: / 072 189 2481
or phone Cynthia at the Jazz Workshop on 424 4956
or check out

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