Jazz Festival (featuring Harold Japhta),  Athlone Academy of Music,  Athlone 19 March

The Jazz Workshop Biggish Band will be performing this Saturday afternoon March 19 at 15h00 at the Spes Bona High School Hall in Jan Smuts Drive, Athlone, when the Athlone Academy of Music hosts a fund-raising Jazz Festival.

The man behind this event is legendary Cape Town saxophonist Harold Japhtha, who has been living in Norway for many years, but has regularly visited Cape Town and been involved in raising support for the Athlone Academy of Music based at Spes Bona High School for a while now. Harold has recently completed and album of Goema music and on Saturday he will be performing music off this album with his band.

Other than Harold Japhta and his band you can see these top Cape Jazz groups:

  • the Jazz Workshop Biggish Band led by Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder
  • the Four Sounds featuring Basil and Cliffie Moses
  • Robbie Jansen
  • Errol and Alvin Dyers.

Opening proceedings will be Charlie Louw and the Mamela Project band, some youngsters from Manenberg.  They will perform on Saturday from 2pm.

The Jazz Workshop Biggish Band will play one set of original compositions and some new arrangements of great South African Standards, starting at 3pm.

Tickets are only R40. Contact Sam Jonker at 021 697 2120 or 083 4194 044.

the reserve seating at our gig last month at Ikwezi in Gugulethu

hanepoot at it again

and again

and ..

(pics Paul Honig)

*If you have problems seeing the pictures you can view this press release with images at

The JWBB is an amateur Big Band based in Cape Town, and lead by trombonist Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder
(5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, 5 rhythm)

The JWBB plays original compositions, as well as new arrangements of South African Jazz standards.

Saxes: Charles Hart, John Ntshibilikwana, John Thorne, Graham Thorne, Nick Green
Trumpets: Charlie Heyes, Douglas Armstrong, Stuart Bowen, Daniel Kaplan
Trombones: Andrew O'Donoghue, Shelley Williams, Simon Hough, Matthew Grant
Rhythm (gt, pno, bs, dms, perc): Rick Beckman, George Werner, Sidney McKinnon, Ted Frazer, Keith Coxon

More info: jannie@bigband.co.za / 072 189 2481
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Bookings: Nick Green 021 797 7628  or Graham Thorne 021 794 5928

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