After a much-need hibernation following a hectic summer schedule, the FMR Jazz Workshop Biggish Band will be performing at the Green Dolphin Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town this Wednesday June 30 at 20h00.

During our break we spent some time working on new compositions, and this gig will be the premiere of another out of the pen of David Ledbetter, composer, pianist, guitarist, singer and general musician extraordinaire, who will be performing as guest artist with us again on Wednesday. This time it's a little gem incorporating Gospel, Goema and Salsa rhythms (as well as a bit of jungle hoola thrown in the middle) and it's called 'Mingepla' ..... please don't try and say this if you don't have a command of the Afrikaans language, I've heard some awful mispronunciations already which do no justice to music at all, and in fact the other day an elderly Swedish lady suffered a throat injury trying to get it right! And, above all, remember the Jazz Police are watching you!

Wednesday will also be only the 2nd ever performance of Douglas Armstrong's tune for his newborn daughter 'Waiting for Phoebe'.

Other than that we'll be plying you with our regular indigenous fare, 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.

We'll also be joined this time by Lou Arnold appearing as guest artist on Baritone Sax, Lee Thomson on Lead Trumpet and Mike Nixon on Bass Trombone.

Here are some pics from our gig at the Hout Bay Amphitheatre in February

Charlie serenading a herd of giraffe late one afternoon on our tour of Kenya ..

They really show off our fabulous new Highveld Sunset backdrop

I think Sidney just spotted a herd of buffalo on the rampage, hence the legendary 'tongue-out-the-side' action on that C#min7b5 chord, as he's about to finish the tune ahead of the rest of the band to make way...

The backdrop was originally painted by Jime Gray in 1989 for a Jo'burg-based Mbaqanga band called Winston's Jive Mixup, but recently fell into the hands of the JWBB, who dusted it off and decided it needs to be flaunted rather than stay hidden in the back of a cupboard somewhere ..

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Andrew's blissfully unaware, and taking in a bit of sunset crooning, he probably already has the full moon in his sights!

Charlie seems to have now spotted a Cobra (Naja nivea, alias 'Geelslang') and has been hypnotised -- only one of those Arabian minor scales will save him now!

It seems Ralston has decided he needs to whisper into John's ear about some or other development on the horizon, but whatever it is, it has left him glued to the floor with fear..

Oh well, at least Sidney's back now, and anyhow, Stuart being from Gauteng, is not scared of a few wild animals ... wait till he opens his eyes and he realises he's  actually in Hout Bay, and there's a green dolphin on his case!

On Wednesday nights, which are sponsored by Jonny Cooper, oops I mean Johnnie Walker, there is some free seating in the 'lounge' part of the venue, which is in front of the stage, but do come early as it's a limited area. Otherwise there are lots of tables with a view of the stage, where meal charges apply.

If you can't make this one, there are other JWBB gigs in the offing: confirmed at the moment are an early Sunday evening appearance at the Silvertree Restaurant, Kirstenbosch on August the 8th, as well as a Sunday afternoon slot at the Fisherman's Cottage, Hermanus as part of the Whale Festival on Sunday 26 September.

Watch this space ..

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

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