The FMR Jazz Workshop Biggish Band will be performing at the Masque Theatre, 37 Main Road, Muizenberg this Sunday 7 March at 19h00.

The Masque Theatre is a well-known Muizenberg landmark which has survived the years against all odds, and has even been entirely rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in 1997. It boasts comfortable seats and a 'raked' auditorium (you know, with the seats up at an angle looking down at the stage, like you mostly only find posh venues) to ensure a good view, and a colourful foyer with fully licensed bar for that necessary drink during the interval. The Masque is well known for it's regular run of productions by various of Cape Town's dramatic societies, and the JWBB is looking forward to becoming part of the Muizenberg scenery.

This more or less rounds off the summer's campaign aimed at getting out of Observatory and around the Western Cape a bit more --  a round trip which included gigs at Langebaan, Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Hout Bay, Durbanville and now Muizenberg, which will have been the furthest South that we've been ..!

This occasion will also see the premier performance of another new composition written for the JWBB, another from the illustrious pen of Douglas Armstrong. It is a little indigenous sounding gem called "Waiting for Phoebe" (which is exactly what Douglas was doing when the tune came to him, as his daughter Phoebe was born shortly afterwards), which has a Goema feel (the beat of the Kaapse Klopse, for those not in the know) and a very memorable melody, which goes like this: " ta taha die daa daa daa die daa daa ta daha da daa die da 2 3 4 ... " etc ..... 

Other than that we'll be playing a selection of our trademark repertoire of original Big Band Jazz, composed for us by the likes of Mertyn Barrow, David Ledbetter, Douglas Armstrong and Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder, as well as some new arrangements of South African classics by Zakes Nkosi, Hugh Masekela, Dollar Brand, Chris McGregor, etc

Ticket prices are R35 for their members of the Masque Theatre and R40 for non-members.

The next JWBB gig after this will be a short performance as part of a Carnival procession at the Cape Town Festival on Fri 19 March...

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, perc): Rick Beckman, David Ledbetter, Sidney McKinnon, Ted Frazer, Keith Coxon

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